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Health Tip: Teens Need Enough Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- Sufficient sleep is essential for everyone, especially teens who are busy with school and social activities.

The National Sleep Foundation says lack of sufficient sleep among teens can lead to:

  • Difficulty concentrating, problem-solving, listening, learning and remembering important information.

  • Problems with skin, including acne.

  • Increased aggressive or inappropriate behavior.

  • Increased likelihood of eating unhealthy foods and gaining weight.

  • Increased risk of using nicotine and caffeine. Among teens who drink, lack of sleep can increase the effects of alcohol.

  • Increased risk of drowsy driving, unsafe use of equipment and illness.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 12/31/2013
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