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The Exhaustion Epidemic
One-third of kids don't get enough sleep. Does yours?
Is your child inattentive, restless, or irritable? Is he prone to injury or wild, flailing meltdowns? If so, there may be a simple explanation. Long overlooked, lack of sleep is now considered a key contributor to children's behavioral and physical problems. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, a good night's sleep, along with healthy eating and exercise, is the crucial third leg in a child's health triangle. Given these findings, the estimated number of sleep-deprived kids is staggering: one in three, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
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