Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have added to evidence that too little sleep and too much weight go together, this time in teenagers.

Sleep problems are the second-most common complaint (after pain) that I hear from my patients. That’s no surprise, for we treasure those hours of sleep. From the moment we enter the world, sleep is a source of comfort and relief from the trials and tribulations of wet, smelly diapers and suction bulbs shoved up our noses.

As infants, sleeping in our mothers’ arms was pure bliss. As we get older, sleep offers both a respite from the...


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