Health Tip: Teens Must Get Enough Sleep

(HealthDay News) - Getting enough sleep is especially important for growing teens. The National Sleep Foundation says they need about nine and a quarter hours of sleep each night.

The Foundation offers these reasons for getting enough zzz's:

  • Lack of sleep can cause problems with learning, memory and concentration.
  • Without enough sleep, teens may be more susceptible to acne and other skin problems.
  • Fatigue can cause aggression and irritability toward others, which can cause problems with family, friends and relationships.
  • Lack of sleep can lead to overeating, and eating more unhealthy foods.
  • Fatigue can make teens more likely to use nicotine and caffeine to stay awake.
  • Tired teens may be more susceptible to illness.

-- Diana Kohnle

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