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Electronics Causing Teenagers to Get "Junk Sleep"

Teen Junk Sleep
Teenagers can sometimes be a miserable bunch. According to British researchers, that may have something to do with a lack of quality sleep. The culprit of this "junk sleep?" Electronics, of course.

According to a survey done by The Sleep Council, a full 30 percent of children between 12 and 16 years old only get 4-7 hours of sleep a night as opposed to the recommended 8-9. Almost 25 percent said they fell asleep more than once a week watching TV, listening to music, or using some other personal electronic device.

Nearly all of the respondents had a phone, TV, or stereo in their rooms, with roughly two thirds having all three. 40 percent of the kids complained that they were tired every day, with 15 and 16 year-old girls making up the largest segment of tired kids.

Dr. Chris Idzikowski of the Edinburgh Sleep Center said, "Teenagers need to wake up to the fact that to feel well, perform well and look well, they need to do something about their sleep."

From I4U News and Reuters

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