Sleep Study and Kids

Posted at: 10/16/2012 5:34 PM
Updated at: 10/17/2012 11:47 AM

If you suspect your child isn't getting enough sleep, a new study says you may very well be right. There is good news though, just a "little" more sleep could do a child a lot of good. Dr. Timothy Johnson has this Medical Minute.

An estimated 64% of school children ages six through twelve go to bed later than nine p.m.

Getting enough sleep is key to staying alert and focused in the classroom. Now a study in the journal "Pediatrics" says the problem may not so be hard to solve.

Thirty-four children were divided into groups, and, for five nights, were allowed to get different amounts of sleep.

Researchers found that just a modest addition of sleep time each night -- an average of just 27 minutes among children seven though eleven -- made for significant improvement in regulating their emotions, including limiting disruptive behavior in class.

Children who lost 54 minutes of sleep experienced more problems with restless and impulsive behavior.

This maybe proof that success in school may be the stuff dreams are made of.