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September 12, 2022

Children’s Sleep and Our Power to Improve It

Author Affiliations
  • 1Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  • 2Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  • 3The Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
JAMA Pediatr. 2022;176(11):1070-1071. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2022.3169

Children’s sleep duration matters and it is in our power to change it. This is 1 of 2 cut-through findings of the systematic review and meta-analysis by Magee et al1 of interventions in this issue of JAMA Pediatrics, spanning 45 randomized clinical trials and nearly 14 000 children and adolescents aged 1 to 18 years. Specifically, sleep can be lengthened by around half an hour each night simply by encouraging earlier bedtimes.

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