Healthy Moments Episode

The Importance of a Good Night's Sleep

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Oct 14, 2013 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers talks about the importance of sleep for school aged children.


​At this time of the year, school becomes more challenging – backpacks get heavier and homework lists get longer. What you may not know is that a good night’s sleep can help your child do better in school.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Research shows that a good night’s sleep along with healthy eating and physical activity are key to a child’s development and linked to better academic performance.

Most school aged kids need about 9 or 10 hours of sleep each night. Limiting TV, computer, and smart phone screen time after dinner and homework can help kids settle down and get to bed on time.

The overall goal is to limit their total screen time to less than 2 hours a day for non-school related activities.

To learn more tips, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments​. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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