American Kids Are Not Getting Enough Sleep, Study Finds

We all know that sleeping is one of the most important things we need to do to keep ourselves healthy and functioning. It makes sure we get the rest we need to recharge and repair our bodies from the inside. Yet, due to an increasingly-demanding and results-based world that wants us to always keep up with time, finding the proper time to rest and sleep is slowly getting harder.

And it’s not just adults that are affected by this. A recent survey reveals that a lot of the children in the United States aren’t getting enough sleep, and it’s slowly affecting their health and education. In fact, a 2016-2017 survey made by the National Survey of Children’s Health revealed that only 63.6 percent of children between 6 and 12 years old, and 68.1 percent of children between the ages of 13 and 17 are getting enough sleep on weeknights. Furthermore, children under the age of 12 who aren’t getting enough sleep are less likely to perform good at school or even do their homework, while those aged 13 to 17 are more less the same, with the added con of less likely to stay calm and collected during a challenging situation.

“Chronic sleep loss amongst youth is a major public health crisis globally and is associated with a multitude of physical and mental health issues,” the researchers wrote. “This study demonstrates that insufficient sleep is associated with decreased childhood flourishing, which could have a critical role on the physical and mental health, school performance and well-being of children.”

Per Dr. Hoi See Tsao, who co-authored the study, these findings reinforce how important it is to maximize the sleeping times of children, especially at this time when digital media usage is at an all-time high, even for kids. She also suggested that parents should strictly establish that kids should turn off their devices 30 minutes before bedtime to help improve their sleeping patterns. Doing so would not only help them be much healthier, but would ensure they perform better at school, which is a trait that should be learned early in life.

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