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CDC: Insufficient Sleep Among Teens Linked with Risky Behaviors

CDC: Insufficient Sleep Among Teens Linked with Risky Behaviors 29289
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that more than 65 percent of American teenagers do not get enough sleep each night ("enough" sleep is defined as 8 hours or more).  In a new study published online in the journal Preventative Medicine, the chronic lack of sleep is linked with a list of behaviors that are risky to teens' health.  Specifically, teens who didn't get enough sleep:

  • Drank soda or pop 1 or more times per day (not including diet soda or diet pop)
  • Did not participate in 60 minutes of physical activity on 5 or more of the past 7 days
  • Used computers 3 or more hours each day
  • Had been in a physical fight 1 or more times
  • Practiced current cigarette use
  • Practiced current alcohol use
  • Practiced current marijuana use
  • Practiced currently sexually active
  • Felt sad or hopeless
  • Seriously considered attempting suicide

"Public health intervention is greatly needed, and the consideration of delayed school start times may hold promise as one effective step in a comprehensive approach to address this problem," said Lela McKnight-Eily of the CDC's Division of Adult and Community Health in a statement.

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