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Many students put in long hours at school and at after-school activities and then neglect their sleep. Studies have shown that teenagers need at least nine hours of sleep every night. Lack of sleep can result in a shift in hormone levels that can lead to weight gain. A sleep-deprived brain has difficulty focusing, concentrating and problem-solving. This can result in dangerous driving situations as well as poor grades. Sleep deprivation is cumulative, so it’s important to get enough sleep – every night.

Lynn Goettel, R.N.