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Sleep Deprived Teens More Likely to Engage in Risky Behavior

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1-sleep-deprived-teens-more-likely-to-engage-in-risky-behaviorTeens who don’t get as much sleep as they should have a higher chance of engaging in these risky acts. 

It’s no surprise that many teens don’t get the amount of sleep they should. Teens love staying up late partying, hanging with friends, or engaging in all of their social media. But they also stay up late for more important reasons, like studying for a test. According to a recent study, sleep deprived teens are more likely to engage in risky behavior, many of which will shock you! 

What Risky Behaviors Do Sleep Deprived Teens Engage In? 

Researchers from Florida International University looked at the sleep durations of 15,364 high-schoolers, which was part of the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Teens who only got around 5 hours of sleep were more likely to engage in these risky behaviors: 

  • Drunk driving: 34 percent 
  • Carry a weapon: 75 percent
  • Fighting: 37 percent
  • Contemplating suicide: 55 percent 
  • Attempting suicide: 24 percent 
  • Smoking: 52 percent
  • Use alcohol: 52 percent  
  • Binge drinking: 70 percent 
  • Use marijuana: 41 percent  
  • Sexual risk taking: 19 percent  
  • Texting while driving: 40 percent 
  • Obesit: -40 percent 

The recommended amount of sleep for a teen is 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep a night, says the National Sleep Foundation, so teens that are getting less are at a high risk for the above. The studied also indicated that teens that get less than 5 hours are at an even higher risk for these risk for these acts.

Does your teen get enough sleep every night?


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