Tired teens increasingly seek medical help

Business is booming at sleep centers in Arizona, thanks to a sharp increase in the number of teenagers seeking help for insomnia, sleep apnea and other disorders. The problem is so acute that at least one mother thought her 17-year-old son was doing drugs because he nodded off so frequently, the Arizona Republic reports.

Arete Sleep Health, which operates nine sleep centers in Arizona, now has 52 beds in the state, up from just 16 in 2004. The newspaper says Arete "aggressively markets its teen services to doctors, with the expectation of reaching a large patient group." The sleep center at Scottsdale Healthcare McDowell Mountain has seen its teen sleep patient population double in the past five years.

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