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4 Your Health: a sleep aid getting high marks; delayed start good for students

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High school's first bell should ring a little later, if teens are expected to get enough sleep. 

A news study, from Penn State, found pushing school start times past 8:30am for teenagers doesn't mean kids will simply stay up later because they can sleep in. The study that followed the sleep habits of more than 400 teenagers. Those whose schools started after 8:30 am were more likely to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.

Help for those with sleep apnea

A new cannabis like drug could help treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

The medication, which contains a synthetic version of THC, targets the brain and the nerves that regulate the upper airway muscles. In clinical trials it reduced symptoms of apnea and daytime sleepiness.

Right now, the most common treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP device but many patients do not like to use the cumbersome machines.

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