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Korean Children ‘Don’t Get Enough Sleep’

January 13, 2009

Korean children get the least sleep in the world. The finding comes from a survey of 3,506 elementary schoolchildren aged between seven and 12 in Daegu carried out by a team of Yeungnam University Medical Center, Daegu Catholic University Medical Center, and Gumi CHA University Medical Center from December 2007.The older Korean children are, the less they sleep: seven-year-old children sleep 9.08 hours per day on average, eight-year-olds 8.89 hours, nine-year-olds 8.75 hours, 10-year-olds 8.52 hours, 11-year-olds 8.39 hours, and 12-year-olds 8.21 hours. Presumably because of this, the ratio of children suffering chronic sleep shortages, as they sleep less than eight hours a day, soared from 4.3 percent for seven-year-olds to 25 percent for 12-year-olds.

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