Sep 27, 2011

Lack of sleep can cause bad behavior in teens

/ On : 10:28 PM
GladChild: Most teens do not get enough sleep due to spending more time at the computer or watching television until late at night. Studies show this condition makes teens tend to behave badly and not healthy.

Studies conducted U.S. researchers found that sleep deprivation can seriously impact on adolescents. In addition to risk the health of the body, teenagers who sleep less tend to be more likely to behave badly.

Study reveals teens that slept less than 8 hours on a school night is more likely to engage in risky bad behavior, such as:
  • Drinking a soda at least once a day
  • Do not get 60 minutes of physical activity at least five of the last seven days
  • Spent 3 hours or more per day in front of a computer
  • Involved with physical fights
  • Involved in drug use, such as smoking or drinking alcohol or marijuana
  • Free sex
  • Feeling sad or hopeless
  • Serious suicide attempts.
In this study, researchers analyzed results from a national survey of Youth Risk Behavior Survey in 2007 on high school students about sleep habits. The survey found that nearly 70 percent of teens do not get enough sleep as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation, which is 8 hours of sleep on school nights.

Many teenagers are not getting the recommended sleep time at night school. Inadequate sleep is associated with participation in a number of health risk behaviors including drug use, physical fighting and serious consideration of suicide attempts, said Lela McKnight Eily, the division adult health and community CDC, as reported by HealthDay on Wednesday September 28, 2011.

According to McKnight Eily, public health interventions are needed. Postpone consideration of school hours can be one of effective measures in a comprehensive approach to address this problem.

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