Teens increasingly sleep deprived

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Seven hours per night is two hours less than the nine hours recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. Inadequate sleep is associated with a wide range of health problems including mental health issues, academic problems, substance abuse, and weight gain.


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A brain system that appears to compensate for autism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and dyslexia

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Individuals with five neurodevelopmental disorders — autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, dyslexia, and Specific Language Impairment — appear to compensate for dysfunction by relying on a single powerful and nimble system in the brain known as declarative memory.

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