For Teens, Sleep Habits Run in the Family

February 16, 2015 10:10 PM

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For Teens, Sleep Habits Run in the Family

To understand teenagers’ sleep habits, look at their parents, a study suggests. When parents go to bed, how long they sleep, and when they wake up may help to shape their children’s sleep patterns during adolescence, according to the study, in the February issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity, accidents, substance abuse, and other health problems during high school, researchers said. Efforts to improve teen sleep should consider the sleep routines of parents and possibly other family members, they said.

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