High School Kids Aren't Sleeping, and Have Accidents As a Result

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:28 PM

The scientists declare they don't know if sleep issues cause teens to get risky risks, or whether both are a reflection of depression or other problems.

High School Kids Aren't Sleeping, and Have Accidents As a Result

High school students who obtain too small sleep, or too much, are also more likely to drive drunk or get other risks, according to government researchers.

The scientists declare they don't know if sleep issues cause teens to get risky risks, or whether both are a reflection of depression or other problems. But the link between sleep and injury-causing risks is striking — particularly when it comes to drinking and driving, said the study'south lead author, Anne Wheaton of the Centers for Sickness Control and Prevention.

"I thought that was really, really surprising and just really worrying," she said.

Students who obtain only five or six hours a night were twice as likely to declare they'd driven while drinking in the previous month, compared to kids who regularly got a full night'south sleep. That was also true of kids who got ten or more hours per night, compared to the regular sleepers, the researchers found.

The CDC study, released Thursday, is based on in-school, anonymous, paper-and-pencil surveys of more than 50.000 high school students conducted nationally in two thousand-seventh, two thousand nine, two thousand eleven and two thousand thirteen.

Too-little sleep is very common, and too-much sleep is beautiful rare. About sixty-nine out of one hundred high school students obtain insufficient sleep — defined as seven hours of sleep or less on average school night. About two out of every one hundred obtain too much — ten or more hours.

Previous research has found a link between insufficient sleep and injuries from car crashes, sports or workplace accidents.

The CDC investigators wanted to probe which students got proper sleep, and to look if it was related to which kids said they recently had decided not to wear seat belts or bike helmets, or were texting while driving, drinking while driving, or riding with a drunk driver.

For adults, the recommended quantity of sleep is seven to nine hours each night. Previous CDC research suggests at minimum a third of adults obtain less than that.

Doctors proposal tips for excellent sleeping that comprise sticking to a regular bedtime schedule, getting exercise each day and avoiding caffeine and nicotine at night. Parents are advised to hold kids far from TV, video or cell phone screens before bedtime.

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