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Sleepy Teens

A formative, family-friendly factoid from a recent study or survey in the news.

BY John Lilly

April 23-29, 2006 Issue | Posted 4/24/06 at 10:00 AM


According to a new survey, many teens have a low quality of life due to lack of sleep. The poll found that insufficient sleep causes teens fall asleep in class, lack energy for physical activity, feel depressed and put themselves in danger by driving while drowsy. The National Center on Sleep Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health, says that, over time, chronic sleepiness increases youngsters’ risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and infections. Nine hours a night should be the norm. (For adults, eight will do.)

Source: Child Health News, March 29