(HealthDay News) -- Sufficient sleep is essential for everyone, especially teens who are busy with school and social activities.
The National Sleep Foundation says lack of sufficient sleep among teens can lead to:
- Difficulty concentrating, problem-solving, listening, learning and remembering important information.
- Problems with skin, including acne.
- Increased aggressive or inappropriate behavior.
- Increased likelihood of eating unhealthy foods and gaining weight.
- Increased risk of using nicotine and caffeine. Among teens who drink, lack of sleep can increase the effects of alcohol.
- Increased risk of drowsy driving, unsafe use of equipment and illness.