Part of the Bay Area News Group

CAFFEINE, Technology & No Sleep for Teens

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 12:01 am in Health & Safety, Teens.

Exhausted student (illustration by Amy Ning, MCT Direct) Caffeine, cell phones and no sleep – there’s a recipe for ill health. A new study being released today by the American Academy of Pediatrics says today’s teens, ages 12-18, are living a dangerously multi-tasking, 24/7 lifestyle. Just 20% get 8 hours of sleep a night, everyone else skimps on the shut eye. Most of them are using electronic media – cell phones, computers and video games – late into the night, and they’re getting through the day by drinking coffee, colas and caffeine-laden energy drinks. A third of the teens reported falling asleep in class twice a day (!) and 7% had fallen asleep at the wheel.

[You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.]

Leave a Reply