A study has indicated that to make up for lost sleep, most teens snooze an extra couple of hours on weekend mornings – a habit that can lead to poorer-quality sleep. The study also states that 26 percent of high school students routinely sleep less than 6.5 hours on school nights, and only 15 percent sleep 8.5 hours or more. According to the National Sleep Foundation. Teens need a substantial amount of sleep – approximately 8 to 10 hours of sleep to function properly. However, many of teens are suffering from sleep deprivation.
We found that if teens that normally get six hours of sleep per night get one extra hour of sleep, they would improve insulin resistance by 9 percent,” study researcher Karen Matthews, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry, said in a statement.
A review from Healthline consists of the different effects that sleep deprivation can have on the body. This includes how sleep deprivation prompts your body to release higher levels of insulin after you eat. Insulin controls your blood sugar level and higher amounts of insulin promote fat storage and increase your risk for type 2 diabetes.
A recent study, published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes, found that a lack of sleep can lead to decreased appetite control and body weight regulation, all of which can raise risks for the development of Type 2 Diabetes.
While teenagers still develop in the stages of puberty, parents, carers and schools need to pay further attention to the sleep demands of adolescences than they currently do now. At this phase of growth, a shift in circadian rhythm makes it more difficult for teens to fall asleep early enough to get the necessary number of hours and still make it to school on time.
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Written by Christine Emelone