According to the National Sleep Foundation, adolescents between the ages of 10 and 17 are at their healthiest when they receive between 8.5 and 9.25 hours of sleep on a nightly basis.
Furthermore, researchers from the University of Michigan Health System and Baylor University realized that not getting a good night’s sleep is linked with cardiometabolic risks in obese teens.
The study included 37 adolescents between the ages of 11 to 17 who were obese. The adolescents all wore a physical activity monitor for a full week so that the researchers could evaluate their activity and sleep patterns.
The researchers discovered that just one-third of the study participants spent an hour or more each day being physically active. The average sleep duration for the adolescent participants was seven hours a night, with a measly five of the participants sleeping at least 8.5 hours per night. Furthermore, the majority of the participants woke up at least once during the night.
The study was published in The Journal of Pediatrics. Another similar study presented last year indicated that sleepy teens are more likely to eat unhealthily than teens who exhibit superior sleeping habits.
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