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Study: Active kids fall asleep faster

September 21, 2009 11:06:46 PM PDT
A new study supports what many parents already know: the more activity kids get, the faster they will fall asleep at bedtime.The study was conducted by the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Researchers there had 591 seven-year-olds wear a device around their waists for 24 hours to measure how active they were.

According to Reuters, the study found that most of the children under observation took about 26 minutes to fall asleep and the more activity a child did during the day, the less time it took to fall asleep. Those children also stayed asleep for longer.

Researchers also said that for every hour a child spent being sedentary, it took them three minutes more to get to sleep.

The study appears in the the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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