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How much sleep is enough?

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Whoever coined the term ‘sleeping like a baby’ had obviously never lived with one. Infants’ sleep patterns are notoriously erratic, and as they grow up the story remains much the same. Preschoolers kick up about napping during the day, school-aged children want to stay up late at night and teenagers refuse to get out of bed in the morning.   One thing remains the same: sleep is critically important for children, but Australia’s are getting about half an hour less sleep per night than they did 30 years ago, according to a study by the University of South Australia’s Centre for Sleep Research.    Kids are going to bed later because it’s now the norm for both parents to work full-time, meaning that evenings are often the only opportunity for family time. In addition, the intrusion into bedrooms of digital media such as mobile...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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