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Health Information For Teens
My mom says if you stay up all night and don’t get any rest you can stunt your growth. Is this true? – Damien
It could be. A single night of no sleep will not stunt growth. But over the long term, a person’s growth may be affected by not getting the full amount of sleep. That’s because growth hormone is normally released during sleep. If someone consistently gets too little sleep (known as “sleep deprivation”), growth hormone is suppressed.
Lack of sleep also can affect other hormones. Studies show that sleep deprivation is linked to obesity and diabetes. Experts are looking into whether this link has to do with hormonal changes.
So in this case your mom may be right. Getting enough sleep also will help you focus better in school and give you more energy and better concentration for sports and other activities.
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Find out what the experts have to say.
Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. But you might not be getting it. Here’s why – and tips for getting more shut-eye.
Insomnia can be a big problem for teens. Read our tips on getting a good night’s sleep.
Sleep problems can keep some teens awake at night even when they want to sleep. If that sounds like you, find out what you can do.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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