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"Impact of Sleep Extension and Restriction on Children's Emotional Lability and Impulsivity"

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Getting less than half an hour of additional shut-eye can improve young children's alertness, suggests a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Thirty-four children ages 7-11 received an extra hour of sleep for five days, or were deprived of an hour, and then were assessed on emotional stability.

While those given a sleep extension only ended up sleeping an average 27.36 minutes longer than normal, researchers discovered in them significant improvements in alertness and emotional regulation.

Vol. 32, Issue 09, Page 5

Published in Print: October 24, 2012, as Students and Sleep
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