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Children's sleep needs : is there sufficient evidence to recommend optimal sleep for children?

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by L Matricciani, Sarah BlundenSarah Blunden, Gabrielle RigneyGabrielle Rigney, M Williams, T Olds
It is widely recognised that sleep is important for children’s health and well-being and that short sleep duration is associated with a wide range of negative health outcomes. Recently, there has been much interest into whether or not there is sufficient data to support the specific recommendations made for how much sleep children need. In this paper we explore concepts around children’s sleep need, discuss the theory, rationale and empirical evidence for contemporary sleep recommendations and outline future research directions for sleep recommendations. If sleep is to be treated as a therapeutic intervention, then consensus guidelines, statements and evidence-based best practice documents are needed to underpin sleep recommendations for children.

History

Volume

36

Issue

4

Start Page

527

End Page

534

Number of Pages

8

ISSN

0161-8105

Location

United States

Publisher

Associated Professional Sleep Societies

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Appleton Institute for Behavioural Sciences; Not affiliated to a Research Institute; Sansom Institute for Health Research; School of Health Sciences;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Sleep.