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Sleep, Health, Teens & Risky Behavior

I’ve discussed the benefits of sleep before however consider the established consequences of chronic sleep problems: increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack and stroke among other issues.  Did you know another population at risk are teens.  A recent study by the CDC suggests that teens who get less than 7 hours of sleep a night are more likely to engage in one or more risky health behaviors including texting and driving, and driving (or riding with a driver who had been drinking), or not wearing a seat belt compared to teens who get 9 hours of sleep per night or more. Ways to help improve sleep for teens and adults is to keep a consistent sleep-wake schedule even on weekends. Nap wisely, no more than 20-30 minutes in the early afternoon, as to not interfering with the ability to fall asleep at night. Exercise 30-60 minutes 3-4 times weekly. Avoid exercise 2-3 hours before bed time.  Go to bed hungry, limit food 1-2 hours before sleep time.  Keep the bedroom comfortable, dark and quiet.