Lack of sleep linked to negative health effects, studies find

September 1, 2010 2:37:05 PM PDT
Two separate studies find shortchanging your sleep could have negative effects if you're a man or a teen.

The first study found men who reported having insomnia or who slept for short periods of time were much more likely to die over a 14-year period.

Researchers add, insomnia is a severe problem with very severe side effects that should be treated.

The second study finds teens who sleep less than eight hours a night are more likely to eat a high fat diet that puts them at risk for obesity. Sleep-deprived teens appeared to eat more snacks.

Both studies appear in the latest issue of the journal Sleep.