Lack of Sleep Associated with Risky Behaviors in Teens
|October 4, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Health, Research, Youth Development||
A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 70 percent of high school students in the United States do not get an adequate amount of sleep.
Data from the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicated a majority of teens did not get the amount of sleep recommended (8 hours or more), particularly on school nights. Insufficient sleep was linked to reduced levels of physical activity, computer use of 3 hours or more daily, and feelings of despair. High-risk behaviors such as alcohol, marijuana and cigarette use were more likely in students who received less sleep than their peers.
A summary of the study, Relationships between hours of sleep and health-risk behaviors in US adolescent students by Lela R. McKnight-Eilya, Danice K. Eaton, Richard Lowry, Letitia Presley-Cantrella and Geraldine S. Perry is available at the Science Direct website.