A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says sleep-deprived high school students are more likely to sustain injuries than those who are well rested, and those injuries are often from risky behavior.
In a study of more than 50,000 students, researchers found that those teens who got seven hours of sleep or less on school nights were more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as not wearing a seatbelt, riding with a drinking driver, and drinking and driving.
The study also found that teens who slept 10 or more hours a night were also prone to injuries and risky behaviors, compared with students who slept nine hours.
For the new study, the CDC researchers looked at the association between self-reported sleep duration on an average school night and several injury-related risk behaviors. Those behaviors included infrequent use of a bicycle helmet, infrequent seatbelt use, riding with a driver who had been drinking, drinking and driving, and texting while driving.
This is the first study that shows that sleep deprivation in teens leads to risky behavior that puts them at risk for accidents.