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04/07/2016 13:23 EDT | Updated 04/08/2017 01:12 EDT

CDC: Teens with sleep issues more often take dangerous risks

NEW YORK — High school students who get too little sleep — or too much — are also more likely to drive drunk or take other risks.

That's the finding of a government survey of more than 50,000 high school students.

Researchers said they don't know if sleep issues cause teens to take dangerous risks, or whether both are a reflection of depression or other problems.

Students who get only five or six hours a night were twice as likely to say they'd driven while drinking in the previous month, compared to kids who regularly got a full night's sleep. That was also true of kids who got 10 or more hours per night, compared to regular sleepers, researchers found.

The CDC released the study Thursday.

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CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr

Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press