Written by futurity.org Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:16
The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends that adolescents get between nine and 10 hours of sleep per night.
Teenagers who get a good night sleep tend to eat healthier than their sleep-deprived peers, a new study suggests.
“Not only do sleepy teens on average eat more food that’s bad for them, they also eat less food that is good for them,” said Lauren Hale, associate professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook University.
“While we already know that sleep duration is associated with a range of health consequences, this study speaks to some of the mechanisms, i.e., nutrition and decision making, through which health outcomes are affected.”
Presented at SLEEP 2013, the annual meeting of the Associate Professional Sleep Societies, the study examined the association between sleep duration and food choices in a national representative sample of 13,284 teenagers in the second wave of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. The data were collected in 1996 when the interview subjects had a mean age of 16 years.
Teens who reported sleeping fewer than seven hours per night—18 percent of respondents—were more likely to consume fast food two or more times per week and less likely to eat healthful food such as fruits and vegetables.