Kids Who Sleep a Bit Longer Behave Better in School, Study Finds - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Kids Who Sleep a Bit Longer Behave Better in School, Study Finds

Just a little more sleep each night can improve school behavior and alertness levels in children, a new study suggests. The study, published online in Pediatrics, indicated even a half-hour of extra sleep can have a significant impact.

Dr. Dean Beebe, director of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s, says the findings are no surprise. Dr. Beebe has studied inadequate sleep and its effects on teen behavior. He cautioned parents, however, that the extra sleep can’t be just for one night but should be a long-term change if their children are not sleeping enough.

“It’s a lifestyle thing, not a quick one-night change,” he said.

Read more about the study findings from U.S. News & World Report.

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  1. Celia October 18, 15:25
    How many hours should sleep a 5 years old kid?
    • Kate Setter
      Kate Setter October 18, 15:33
      Hi Celia - Kids in that age range should be sleeping about 11-13 hours per day. More information about sleep habits is available here: http://cincinnatichildrensblog.org/healthy-living/tips-for-establishing-healthy-sleep-habits-in-kidzzzz/