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US children get recommended amounts of sleep: Study

Published on Nov 27, 2012 8:51 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - While parents may sometimes despair of their children getting enough shut-eye, especially with age-old stalling tactics of another story or another glass of water, children in the United States do appear to be getting the recommended amount of sleep.

According to a US study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, there has been concern that US children are getting too little sleep, with insufficient sleep tied to issues ranging from behavior problems to heart health risks.

But there hasn't been much hard evidence on how much sleep children typically get, so a group led by Jessica Williams, a graduate student at the University of California Los Angeles, set out to get estimates of sleep times from birth to age 18.

"These estimates are consistent with the amount of sleep recommended for children, and no evidence was found of racial/ethnic differences," the group wrote in its report.

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