27 Sep '11, 1am

Teens who sleep less than 8 hours a day are more likely to smoke, drink & get into fights: US study

ATLANTA (REUTERS) - The two-thirds of United States teenagers who get less than eight hours of sleep on school nights are more likely to smoke, drink and fight, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a survey of more than 12,000 teens, 68.9 per cent reported that they sleep less than eight hours on an average school night. In 10 of 11 categories, those students were more likely to engage in risky behaviour than students who sleep more than eight hours on school nights, the study found. Those behaviours include smoking cigarettes and marijuana and drinking alcohol. For example, 50.3 per cent of students who slept less than eight hours reported drinking alcohol in the prior 30 days, compared to 36.7 per cent of those who slept more than eight hours.

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