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Study: Kids Need Up To 11 Hours Of Sleep A Night

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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – A new study has found that children need up to 11 hours of sleep a night.

It’s recommended by the National Sleep Foundation that children between six and 10-years-old get up to 11 hours of sleep at night.  But a University of Chicago study found that the majority of children are not getting that much.

Researchers polled parents about bedtime behaviors and found that 72 percent said their kids have at least one electronic device in the bedroom while they are sleeping.

“We do know that light in the eyes hampers or delays melatonin rhythms, which is an essential sleep hormone that makes us sleep at night,” Dr. Jyoti Krishna of Cleveland Clinic said to WNYT.

Roughly 94 percent of parents polled by researchers said they’ve set up one or more sleep related rules.  But only 62 percent of them said they actually enforce the rules.

In addition, 34 percent of parents explained that evening activities like homework, push back their child’s bedtime, making some of the children loose a few hours of the recommended sleep time.

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