Author(s): McKnightEily LR, Eaton DK, Lowry R, Croft JB, PresleyCantrell L, , McKnightEily LR, Eaton DK, Lowry R, Croft JB, PresleyCantrell L,
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between insufficient sleep (<8h on average school nights) and health-risk behaviors. METHODS: 2007 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey data of U.S. high school students (n=12,154) were analyzed. Associations were examined on weighted data using multivariate logistic regression. RESULTS: Insufficient sleep on an average school night was reported by 68.9\% of students. Insufficient sleep was associated with higher odds of current use of cigarettes (age-adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 1.67; 95\% confidence interval [CI], 1.45-1.93), marijuana (AOR, 1.52; 95\% CI, 1.31-1.76), and alcohol (AOR, 1.64; 95\% CI, 1.46-1.84); current sexual activity (AOR, 1.41; 95\% CI, 1.25-1.59); seriously considered attempting suicide (AOR, 1.86; 95\% CI, 1.60-2.16); feeling sad or hopeless (AOR, 1.62; 95\% CI, 1.43-1.84); physical fighting (AOR, 1.40; 95\% CI, 1.24-1.60), not being physically active at least 60min ≥ 5days in the past 7days (AOR, 1.16; 95\% CI, 1.04-1.29), using the computer ≥3h/day (AOR, 1.58; 95\% CI, 1.38-1.80), and drinking soda/pop > 1time/day (AOR, 1.14; 95\% CI, 1.03-1.28). CONCLUSION: Two-thirds of adolescent students reported insufficient sleep, which was associated with many health-risk behaviors. Greater awareness of the impact of sleep insufficiency is vital. Published by Elsevier Inc.
This article was published in Prev Med
and referenced in Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior