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Sleep study : School-aged children not getting enough sleep

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 A new study on sleep, released Tuesday, finds that American kids are not getting enough, and that's according to their own parents.

 The National Sleep Foundation released its annual "Sleep in America" poll. The survey asked parents to estimate how much sleep their child typically gets, and, on average, parents estimates were well below the foundation's recommendations.

 "Many parents thought that their kids could use an extra hour. When they actually drill down the numbers, the parents were actually short by another hour. So the kids were actually about two hours short of their target, which is about 9 hours a night for teenagers," said Dr. David Davila, Medical Director for the Baptist Sleep Clinic.

 The number one culprit, according to the study, is electronics. 72% of parents reported their school age children have at least one electronic device in their bedroom while they are sleeping. The Foundation says children who leave electronic devices on at night get less sleep on school nights than other children do, according to parents' estimates, a difference of up to nearly one hour on average per night. Limiting electronics use in a child's bedroom near or during bedtime can help.

 More than 1/3 of parents report that scheduled evening activities, like homework, and sports pose a challenge to a good night's sleep for their children.

 Nearly 92% of parents surveyed said they set one or more sleep-related rules, but only 62% enforce at least one of them. The Sleep Foundation says children get more sleep when parents have rules about bedtime.

 The Sleep Foundation recommends pre-schoolers, age 3-to-5 get 11 to 13 hours of sleep per night, school aged kids, ages 5 to 10, get 10 to 11 hours, and teens, defined as 11 to 17 years old, should get 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep per night.

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