Teens who need sleep put themselves at risk
American teenager not getting the full eight hours of sleep on school nights may be more likely to engage in risky activities.
The new study says that teenagers who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to smoke, drink and fight.
Of over 12,000 surveyed, almost 69 percent say that sleep less than eight hours on a school night. Some of these students had been drinking alcohol at some point during the previous month.
Sleep-deprived students are also less likely to exercise and more likely to contemplate suicide. They are usually at a computer for over three hours a day, as well.
Less sleep can also induce Type Two diabetes.
This lack of sleep can serve as a warning to parents.
“I definitely wouldn’t ignore it,” said Lela McKnight-Eily, a clinical psychologist. “I think it’s important for parents and adolescents themselves to both be aware of the issue and what can be associated with it.”