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Kids Sleeping Less Than Recommended

A March 30, 2004 article from Intelihealth claims that based on research, kids are getting less sleep than they require. The National Sleep Foundation, an independent organization that encourages sleep education, declared that its annual survey discovered that children, from newborns to fifth-graders, are getting 1 to 2 hours less sleep every 24 hours than is recommended. Kids who grab caffeine-containing drinks at night could have trouble falling and staying asleep at night, which can make it more difficult for them to get up in the morning and stay awake in class

According to the Foundations experts, children ages 3 to 11 months, really should be getting 14 to 15 hours of sleep per night. The survey revealed typically that age group was getting only 12.7 hours of sleep daily. The study discovered that toddlers, age 12 to 35 months, averaged only 11.7 hours of daily sleep, while 12 to 14 hours is the suggested amount.

Richard L. Gelula, the foundation chief executive officer, mentioned in a statement, "Our poll discovers that lots of children are not sleeping enough and several experience sleep problems. What is worrisome is that the issues start in infancy."

The poll also showed that the parents or caregivers of children are also getting less than the ideal amount of sleep. Among those polled, the average sleep for parents and caregivers was 6.8 hours per night, slightly less than the seven hours that the foundation found in a 2002 poll of adults.

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