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Kids aren't getting enough sleep these days. But maybe they never have. This may surprise you, but dating back to the 1800s, experts have been making statements such as: "Pupils do not get enough sleep", and "This is a sleepless age, and more and more we are turning night into day."
In a new study, researchers combed through medical literature to look at expert recommendations on how much shut-eye children need. They rounded up 32 sets of recommendations from as far back as the late 19th century. Throughout history, experts consistently pointed out that kids needed more sleep, no matter how much they were getting. On average, they thought kids needed about 37 minutes more each night.
Over the decades, popular wisdom has singled out schoolbooks, radio, television, and the Internet as distractions that were keeping kids from sleeping. Proper sleep is important. However, the researchers say, we don't know many details about how poor sleep affects the body and brain, compared to what we know about diet and exercise. As a result, they say, we need more scientific evidence to support accurate recommendations.
I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.
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Is it hard for you to fall asleep or stay asleep though the night? Do you wake up feeling tired or feel very sleepy during the day, even if you have had enough sleep? You might have a sleep disorder. The most common kinds are
National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on Sleep Disorders is the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute