One in four young people are not getting enough sleep

One in four young people are not getting enough sleep

Figures have been released as part of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children report

More than a quarter of young people are not getting enough sleep, a study has found.

A lack of rest leaves youngsters feeling sleepy and unable to concentrate on their schoolwork, according to the latest Health Behaviour in School-aged Children in England report.

It also indicates that increasing numbers of teenagers are experiencing periods of feeling low.

The World Health Organisation report, which is based on data from 3,398 young people in England, looks at areas ranging from physical health to life satisfaction.

It found that 27% of young people report not having enough sleep to feel awake and concentrate on their lessons, with teenagers more likely to face this issue as they get older.

Around 17% of 11-year-olds said they struggle with sleep, compared to 28% of 13-year-olds and 42% of 15-year-olds.

About a third of girls do not get enough sleep, compared to 23% of their male classmates.

The report also shows that few youngsters are physically active on a daily basis, with just one in six saying they are active for at least an hour a day.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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