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Health Tip: Most Teens Don't Get Enough Sleep

Experts point to potential health consequences

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(HealthDay News) -- Teenagers need 8 1/2 to 9 1/4 hours of sleep each night to feel good and perform well at school.

But the National Sleep Foundation cites a recent survey showing only 15 percent of teens said they got this much sleep on school nights.

The foundation says possible consequences of sleep deprivation include:

  • Becoming more forgetful, and having trouble learning, problem-solving and concentrating.
  • Developing acne and other skin problems.
  • Developing aggressive or inappropriate behaviors.
  • Gaining weight and overeating.
  • Increasing use of nicotine or caffeine to stay awake.
  • Becoming more likely to get sick, or injured from drowsy driving.


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