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SLEEPY TEENS: A MATTER OF CONCERN?

SLEEPY TEENS: A MATTER OF CONCERN?

Sleep deprivation diminishes mental ability and memory, and adolescent students are among the most at risk, says the Globe and Mail newspaper of Canada. “Lack of sleep in children and adolescents is also linked to behavioral problems, irritability and hyperactivity.” Scientists studied the sleep habits of some 2,200 high school students and found that about 47 percent were getting less than the recommended eight hours of sleep each night.

While their life-style often deprives youths of needed sleep, “some of them also may be suffering from undiagnosed medical problems,” says the Globe. “Sleep APNEA affects some 4 per cent of children, aged 4 to 18.” During sleep, the airway at the back of the throat either partially or completely closes, restricting oxygen flow. Thus, the brain does not completely relax, and children wake up tired and cranky.

Signs of a possible disorder include snoring or sneezing during sleep, frequent headaches in the morning…

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KILLING SLEEPING HABITS AND SCIENCE

              People in the Asia burn the midnight oil, sleeping later than most Americans and Europeans and waking up earlier, a global survey on sleep habits  has found that more than 14,000 people in 28 countries were asked when they get up. In Portugal, 3 out of 4 people go to bed after midnight.


Asians are the earliest out of bed, led by Indonesia, where 91 percent said they are out of bed by 7am. The Japanese sleep the least. Over 40 percent get six hours of sleep or less each night. At the other end of the list are the Australians. Not only do they have the highest number of those who go to bed before 10:00 p.m. but almost a third of the respondents there said that, on average, they get more than nine hours of sleep each night.

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