Here's another reason why teens should go to bed on time. According to Science Daily, adolescents who have unhealthy sleeping patterns may be more prone to common illnesses such as colds, flu, and gastroenteritis.

Researchers led by Kathryn Orzech, Ph.D. from the Bradley Hospital Sleep Research Laboratory compared the “number of illness bouts, illness duration, and school absences related to illness” of regular and irregular teen sleepers who were observed during a six-day time frame before and after a diagnosed condition.

They found that those who had irregular sleeping patterns, or those who slept late during weekdays and compensated for it during weekends, were less protected from diseases compared with those who had regular sleeping patterns.

“We showed that there are short-term outcomes, like more acute illness among shorter-sleeping adolescents, that don't require waiting months, years, or decades to show up," Orzech explains. “Yes, poor sleep is linked to increased cardiovascular disease, to high cholesterol, to obesity, to depression, etc., but for a teenager, staying healthy for the dance next week, or the game on Thursday, may be more important. This message from this study is clear: sleep more, and more regularly, get sick less.”


(Photo by erin leigh mcconnell via Flickr Creative Commons)

Recommended Videos
Get the latest updates from Female Network
Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Trending on Network

Latest Stories

This Skincare Brand Uses Natural Ingredients To Keep Up With Your 30s Skin

If you're new to natural, we'll give you a rundown on the ingredients you need to try.

This Pinay Executive Shares the Career Lessons That Brought Her to the Top

AXA Philippines Chief of Commercial Business believes that women and mothers have an advantage in the workforce.

Meet Alice Dixson's First Baby, Aura!

The 51-year-old actress had her first child through surrogacy in early 2021.
Load More Stories