How Oversleeping and Lack of Sleep Affect Your Child's Mood

Children's National

Daniel S. Lewin, PhD, D'ABSM, a pediatric psychologist, sleep specialist, and licensed clinical psychologist at Children’s National Health System speaks about how sleep affects behavior.

A healthy sleep schedule is important for many children and teens to remain alert and aware. According to a sleep study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, an estimated 64 percent of school-aged children (ages 6 to 12) go to bed later than 9 p.m., and 43 percent of boys ages 10 to 11 sleep less than the recommended amount each night. It is essential that parents observe and monitor their child’s sleeping schedule to ensure they are not suffering from lack of sleep.  

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