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Kids 'getting less sleep than their grandparents'

Children in 2014 are getting less sleep than their parents or grandparents did at the same age, new research has shown.

Lisa Artis of the Sleep Council wrote in her latest blog that a study carried out by the organisation has shown children aged seven to 14 years old now go to bed on average 40 minutes later than their grandparents did, while they also spend far less time playing outdoors than previous generations.

"We found that children go to bed later, eat later and prefer playing in to playing out, compared to kids back in 1952, and it is having a huge effect on their ability to get a good night's sleep," Ms Artis stated.

Overall, Ms Artis cited research showing that by the age of seven, two-thirds of children could have missed out on up to 4,500 hours of recommended sleep for their age.

Achieving a quality night's sleep is essential for physical development, while it also ensures youngsters are alert and able to learn more easily during the day.

Posted by Jenny RichardsADNFCR-2960-ID-801735141-ADNFCR

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