Sleep Deprived Kids

Research tells us that children in general need to get more sleep, but now new findings indicate that kids from lower income families suffer more from sleep deprivation than middle and upper income kids.  Auburn University psychologist Mona El-Sheikh wants to know why, so she and her team are studying children’s sleeping patterns and how lack of sleep correlates with the stress factors in their lives and their ability to learn.  She suspects that stress is the reason the sleep deprived poorer kids are falling behind.  She says 40% of lower income kids live in households where there's parental conflict, and that has a big impact on a child’s development.

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