Sleep Found Surprisingly Inadequate in Children of All Ages
Moon, Mary Ann, Clinical Psychiatry News
BETHESDA, MD. -- American children aren't getting enough sleep.
Children in every age group "don't even meet the low end of the range recommended by experts" for sleep in a 24-hour period, according to a national survey, Mary A. Carskadon, Ph.D., said at a conference on sleep disorders sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Carskadon was referring to the results of the National Sleep Foundation's annual Sleep in America poll, which included data on children's sleep for the first time this year. The NSF found that televisions and computers in children's bedrooms are the main contributors to sleep loss. In the phone survey of a random sample of 1,473 parents and caregivers, respondents reported that nearly half (43%) of schoolaged children, one-third of preschool children, and "an astounding 20% of infants and toddlers" had TVs in their …
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Publication information: Article title: Sleep Found Surprisingly Inadequate in Children of All Ages. Contributors: Moon, Mary Ann - Author. Magazine title: Clinical Psychiatry News. Volume: 33. Issue: 2 Publication date: February 2005. Page number: 35. © 2009 International Medical News Group. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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