Childhood insomnia is serious. Left untreated, it can become worse as a child gets older, making it more difficult to get rid of in adulthood.
A study recently looked at sleep deprivation in children around the world.
Researchers found that the US has the highest number of sleep deprived students: 73% of 9 and 10 year olds were found to be sleep deprived, and 80% of 13 and 14 year olds were suffering from lack of sleep.
The international average for sleep deprivation in children is 47% for those in primary education and 57% for those in secondary education.
The fact that sleep deprivation is so prevalent (and its effect on cognitive function so strong) means that lessons are being 'dumbed down' to cater to sleep deprived classrooms.
This wasn't a small-scale study, either. It involved more than 900,000 students in more than 50 countries.
Although the study doesn't tell us why our children are sleep deprived, it's thought the continued onslaught and exposure to technology may be to blame.
Fortunately, this 'learning loss' can be reversed if a child starts to get enough sleep on a regular basis.
This could be as simple as removing all electronics from the bedroom and limiting TV, internet and cellphone use.
Source: BBC News
Last updated: June 7, 2013