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Teens Who Sleep More Get into Less Trouble, Study Suggests

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Parents might hate it when their teens can't get out of bed -- particularly on a school day -- but a new study suggests they should be grateful for those extra Zs, because the more an adolescent sleeps, the less chance he or she has of getting into trouble.

The data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that teens who get fewer than eight hours of sleep are more inclined than their sleepier peers to drink alcohol, take drugs, get into fights and engage in sexual activity.

Furthermore, youngsters who are sleep-deprived are also more likely to use tobacco, sit around the house rather than exercise, and contemplate suicide.

About seven in 10 teens sleep fewer than eight hours a night, so the risk group is far bigger than high schoolers who get more shuteye.

The CDC also found that for some reason, teens who sleep more also tend to watch more TV.

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