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Time for a wake-up call.

Kids who are tired out from running around sleep better, and those who have slept well have more energy to run around.26, 27 And society is starting to pay attention to the fact that the reverse is also true and troubling: kids aren’t moving enough to be tired, and they may also be too tired to move. A groundswell of interest in the connection between these behaviours is highlighting the fact that sleep deprivation is a problem in Canadian kids:

  • Only 24% of 5- to 17-year-olds meet the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommendation of no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time per day.
  • In recent decades, children’s sleep duration has decreased by about 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Every hour kids spend in sedentary activities delays their bedtime by 3 minutes.
  • And the average 5- to 17-year-old Canadian spends 8.5 hours being sedentary each day.
  • 33% of Canadian children aged 5 to 13, and 45% of youth aged 14 to 17, have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • 36% of 14- to 17-year-olds find it difficult to stay awake during the day.
  • 31% of school-aged kids and % of adolescents in Canada are sleep-deprived.

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