Our Children Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep
Do your children get enough sleep? A study released Tuesday says probably not. This is the first time that the National Sleep Foundation has focused its annual “Sleep in America” poll entirely on the sleep habits of children, and the results are not good. The poll found that, on average, children are falling far short of the recomended hours of sleep.
To make matters worse, more than two-thirds are having sleep problems at least a few nights a week. The most common problems include difficulty falling asleep, waking during the night, and snoring. The experts say, when you include nap time, pre-schoolers all the way to 5th graders should have roughly 10 to 12 hours of sleep each day.
There are things you can do to improve your childrens' sleep. The poll found that children who drink caffenated beverages or have a television in their room get less sleep than those who do not. Also, children who read or are read to before bed are likely to get more sleep.