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2 Your Health: Experts Warn of "Junk Sleep"


People know about the dangers of junk food on the body, but experts are now warning about something called "junk sleep."

"Junk sleep" is what experts say can happen if you look at an electronic device, like a phone, tablet, computer or TV right before bed.

Researchers say when we look at the light from the screen, it can trick our bodies into thinking it's still daytime.

That means our bodies may not produce a certain hormone needed for a restful sleep.

Experts recommend turning off all electronic devices at least an hour before you want to fall asleep.

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A new survey shows teens are smoking, drinking, and doing drugs less--but texting-while-driving more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 40 percent of teens who drive admit to texting-while-driving recently.

Car crashes are the single biggest killer of teens. They cause 23 percent of deaths among 10-to-24-year-olds.

The CDC says part of the problem is that many adults also text and drive. Experts say kids are much more likely to refrain from texting behind the wheel if they see their parents doing the same thing.

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