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04 October 2011

Sleepy teens prone to bad behaviours

Most teens don't get enough sleep, putting them at greater risk for a slew of unhealthy behaviours, from physical inactivity to fighting.

Most teens don't get enough sleep, putting them at greater risk for a slew of unhealthy behaviours, from physical inactivity to fighting, according to a new study.

The research also revealed that the students who said they got less than eight hours of sleep on school nights were more likely to engage in behaviours that put their health at risk, including:

  • Drinking non-diet soda at least once a day.
  • Being sedentary or not getting 60 minutes of physical activity on at least five of the past seven days.
  • Spending three or more hours each day in front of the computer.
  • Getting in at least one physical fight.
  • Engaging in substance use, such as drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes or marijuana.
  • Having sex.
  • Feeling sad or hopeless.
  • Seriously contemplating suicide.

 
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