Chuck Norris: Teens Need to Wake Up to the Need for More Shut Eye

Chuck Norris (yes, THE Chuck Norris) says he gets 9 hours of sleep a night for good health. And he’s worried about our kids:

For young people that stick it out, many routinely stay up past midnight on school nights, a lot of them transfixed by new media, only to be faced with getting up at the crack of dawn in order to make it to school before the 8:00 a.m. bell. Now, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that there are consequences of resulting tiredness we see in young people as a result of this cycle. It’s also now becoming clear that this sleep-deprived way of life of today’s teenagers is not only dangerous, it could be deadly. The new CDC report reveals an association between lack of sleep and a greater tendency toward riskier behaviors by teens. The study found that when teens get less than seven hours of sleep on school nights, they are more likely to engage in a wide range of risky behaviors. Those behaviors included texting and driving, drinking and driving, riding with a driver who was drinking, and not wearing a seat belt in a car, or a helmet while on a bicycle; such risky behaviors were less likely to be found in teens that sleep nine hours a night, according to the report.

It’s a fact: getting a good night’s sleep improves memory, learning and mental health. While, like adults, some teens need more sleep than others, it’s currently recommended that adolescents between the ages 14-17 aim for eight to 10 hours each night.

It’s been found that most adults need seven to nine hours to function properly. I take no chances, I go for nine. It works for me.

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