-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
TUESDAY, Sept. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Most teens don't get
enough sleep, putting them at greater risk for a slew of unhealthy
behaviors, from physical inactivity to fighting, according to a new
The study findings also showed that sleep-deprived teens were
more likely to seriously consider attempting suicide, the
researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
For the study, the investigators analyzed the results of a 2007
national Youth Risk Behavior Survey of high school students who
were polled about their sleep habits. The survey found that nearly
70 percent of the teens were not getting the National Sleep
Foundation's recommended eight or more hours of sleep on week
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 behaviors that put their health at risk, including:
The survey showed there was no association between lack of sleep
and watching three or more hours of television daily among the
"Many adolescents are not getting the recommended hours of sleep they need on school nights. Insufficient sleep is associated with participation in a number of health-risk behaviors including substance use, physical fighting and serious consideration of suicide attempt," Lela McKnight-Eily, of the CDC's division of adult and community health, said in an agency news release.
"Public health intervention is greatly needed, and the consideration of delayed school start times may hold promise as one effective step in a comprehensive approach to address this problem," McKnight-Eily added.
The research was released online in advance of print publication
in the journal
The National Sleep Foundation provides more information on
teens and sleep.
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