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Put Bad Sleep Habits to Bed

Credit: The Pillow Police

Credit: The Pillow Police

Sleep is essential for children’s cognitive and behavioural development. A whopping 37% of lower primary school children feel sleepy during the day – a sign of sleep deprivation, yet 89% of parents don’t think their child has a sleep problem. These were the key results from a survey conducted in November and December 2014 as part of a public information campaign on sleep deprivation titled The Pillow Police.

The campaign was started by four undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, who collaborated with the National University Hospital (NUH) to formulate the questionnaire and interpret the data findings.

More than 300 respondents, comprising parents with children six to nine years old, were asked about their perceptions of sleep, their children’s sleep hygiene and their own. The survey found that 37% of children did not have a regular bedtime, while 35% of children lacked a regular bedtime routine. For many, pre-bedtime activities comprise the use of digital devices: three in four children watch television, three in five use smartphones while three in ten use computers an hour before bedtime, practices which increase arousal and negatively affect the quality of sleep.

Inadequate sleep hygiene is often the result of inadequate parental supervision of bedtime and sleep behaviours or insufficient knowledge about sleep needs and appropriate sleep behaviours. The Pillow Police seeks to raise the profile of sleep deprivation in children and improve their sleep hygiene through increasing parents’ involvement. Find out more at www.thepillowpolice.com.

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