Too lit­tle sleep may add to teen health prob­lems

Daily Trust - - HEALTH -

fam­i­lies, they wanted to look at any dif­fer­ences by race be­cause two stud­ies of mid­dle-aged adults sug­gested that blacks had worse sleep than whites. “Thus, we con­ducted our study at an in­te­grated high school that had black and white stu­dents of sim­i­lar eco­nomic back­grounds,” Matthews added.

The re­searchers had the stu­dents com­plete ques­tion­naires and keep a diary of the length and qual­ity of their sleep. At night, the teens were hooked up to an elec­tronic de­vice that mon­i­tored their sleep.

On school nights, the teens slept about six hours, and on the weekend, about seven hours. Matthews’ team found that blacks and males slept less than other kids, and their sleep was more frag­mented. Girls re­ported poorer qual­ity of sleep and said they were of­ten tired dur­ing the day.

The re­searchers pre­vi­ously re­ported that in­suf­fi­cient sleep is linked to higher blood pres­sure and in­sulin re­sis­tance, a risk fac­tor for di­a­betes.

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