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Kids need sleep: Study shows the difference a half-hour makes

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(Read caption) A new study in the journal "Pediatrics" found that even a half-hour of extra sleep shows a positive difference in kids' behavior that teachers can actually detect.

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A little bit of sleep goes a long way. 

That’s the message from a new study published this week in the journal “Pediatrics,” in which researchers found that even a small increase or decrease in shut-eye can have a major impact on the behavior of otherwise healthy children in elementary school. 

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In this study, 34 children ages 7 to 11 were divided into two groups: one whose parents put them to bed an hour later than normal, the other whose parents turned off the lights an hour earlier. The researchers monitored the children’s sleep, to make sure they were actually snoozing because of the early bedtimes. Then, the students’ teachers – who did not know whether their pupils were getting more or less sleep – evaluated the children’s behavior over the course of a week.

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