Reuters (09.26.11) - Thursday, October 06, 2011
In a new study of more than 12,000 US teens, CDC researchers
found that 68.9 percent reported getting less than eight hours
of sleep on an average school night, and these youths were
more likely to take part in risky activities than peers who
reported sleeping more than eight hours. The sleep-deprived
teens were more likely to be sexually active, fight,
contemplate suicide, smoke cigarettes and marijuana, drink
alcohol, and use a computer for more than three hours daily.
They were also less likely to exercise; however, they did not
watch more TV than youths who got more sleep. The study,
"Relationships Between Hours of Sleep and Health-Risk
Behaviors in US Adolescent Students," was published online in
the journal Preventive Medicine (08.05.11).