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Extra shut-eye may improve kids' conduct: Study

Published on Oct 17, 2012 8:52 AM

TORONTO (REUTERS) - Maybe parents should let their children sleep in a little more - it may help improve their behavior and make them less restless in school, according to a Canadian study.

On the flip side, few parents are likely to be surprised to know that cutting back on children's sleep time seems to make them more likely to cry, lose their temper and become frustrated, according to the researchers, who published their findings in Pediatrics.

"You can think about it from a lot of different angles,"said Reut Gruber, of Montreal's McGill University and Douglas Research Center, who led the study. "What we are showing here is that it can go both ways in terms of behavior and academic performance."

While the study is not the first to link sleep and behavior, few have looked at whether more sleep actually leads to better behavior in school children.

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