Active Children are Sleepy Children

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July 24, 2009

Active kids

The secret to your child falling asleep faster may be as simple as turning off the TV. A recent study conducted at Monash University in Melbourne and the University of Aukland found that for every hour a child is sedentary — watching TV or reading — it takes an additional three minutes to fall asleep. According to a BBC News article, researchers observed 519 seven-year-olds and found that the majority of children fell asleep in 45 minutes and the average time to fall asleep took 26 minutes. In addition to falling asleep faster, very active children slept longer throughout the night. There was no evidence, however, on different sleep latencies for bedtimes after 9 p.m. or on bad behavior among those who took longer to fall asleep. Mandy Gurney, founder of Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic, told the BBC that a routine wind-down hour can be essential to achieving a successful bedtime.