Study: A Bit More Sleep Means A Lot Of Help In School For Kids

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A good post about the importance of a good night’s sleep.

CBS DC

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Getting the kids to bed may not be easy, but it can pay off in the long run.

Children who can get just a little more sleep each night can improve their school behavior and alertness levels, new research suggests.

The finding is published online Oct. 15 and in the November print issue of Pediatrics.

“Even small changes in daily life that can allow children to add about a half hour of sleep could have a significant impact,” study author Reut Gruber, director of the attention behavior and sleep lab at the Douglas Institute at McGill University in Quebec, told US News.

For the research, Gruber randomly assigned 34 children, aged 7 to 11, to one of two groups. One group had their sleep restricted, with bedtimes moved back so they lost an hour of sleep, for five nights straight.

The other group had their bedtimes…

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