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Hard Lesson in Sleep for Teenagers

How much sleep do teenagers need? As it turns out, a lot more than they usually get.

While scientists report that the average adolescent needs eight and a half to nine and a half hours of sleep each night, most get less than 20 percent of that.

Lack of sleep can have many negative effects. “Insufficient sleep in adolescence increases the risks of high blood pressure and heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity, said Dr. Owens, pediatric sleep specialist at Children’s National Health System in Washington. Sleeplessness is also linked to risk-taking behavior, depression and suicidal ideation, and car accidents.”

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