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Dec 31, 2013 7:00 AM by Diana Kohnle

Health Tip: Teens Need Enough Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- Sufficient sleep is essential for everyone, especially teens who are busy with school and social activities.

The National Sleep Foundation says lack of sufficient sleep among teens can lead to:

  • Difficulty concentrating, problem-solving, listening, learning and remembering important information.
  • Problems with skin, including acne.
  • Increased aggressive or inappropriate behavior.
  • Increased likelihood of eating unhealthy foods and gaining weight.
  • Increased risk of using nicotine and caffeine. Among teens who drink, lack of sleep can increase the effects of alcohol.
  • Increased risk of drowsy driving, unsafe use of equipment and illness.

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