Study: Teens Are More Sleep Deprived Than Ever

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A new study taken over the span of two decades finds U.S. teens are getting less sleep than ever before.

Over the last 20 years, researchers asked nearly 300,000 teens if they regularly got at least seven hours of sleep and enough sleep.

The results show teens are growing more sleep-deprived year after year.

Sleep experts recommend teens get nine to ten hours of sleep per night, but more than half of the 15 to 19 year-old subjects surveyed in 2012 reported they are failing to clock in even seven hours.

Experts say these findings heighten concerns about the impact of sleep deprivation on teens’ health and academics.

Although reasons for the trend are unclear, researchers say raising public awareness about the importance of sleep and consequences of sleep deprivation could help reverse the trend.

The study was conducted between 1991 and 2012.

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