For Teens, One Hour of Sleep Can Affect Your Diet

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Numerous studies have shown that teens don’t get enough sleep. They’re supposed to get eight to nine hours a night, but most record seven or less. Research presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 meeting showed when it comes to weight gain, it’s not necessarily the amount of sleep that impacts the number on scales, but rather the consistency of that nightly rest. Fan He, an epidemiologist at Penn State University College of Medicine, found a strong connection between the variation in sleep patterns among teens and the amount of calories consumed. For every hour difference in sleep on a night-to-night basis over a week, teens ate 210 more calories – most of it in fat and carbohydrates. Read more about the impact missed sleep can have on teens' diets.

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