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Recent study finds young kids aren't sleeping enough

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Kids may be a bit groggy Monday morning as the alarm clock rings -- or snoozes -- as a new National Sleep Foundation study found children are sleeping less than the recommended amount on school nights.

The study found that the sleep parents say their kids are getting on school nights compared to the sleep recommendations by experts differs by about one hour.

In the annual "Sleep in America" poll, the National Sleep Foundation polled roughly 1,000 parents.

According to those moms and dads, the biggest deterrents for kids are electronics in their bedrooms.

Three-quarters of elementary and middle school kids have at least one device in their rooms at bedtime. For teens, that jumps to about 90 percent.

"Noise will disturb your sleep, especially if it's left on," said Dr. Kristen Knutson with the National Sleep Foundation. "The more interactive devices -- like video games or their tablets -- are mentally stimulating."

Knutson said the study found for parents who regularly enforce rules for how late their child can use these devices, the more sleep the child will likely get.

According to the study, parents aren't absolved of the electronic addiction. One in four parents admitted to sending a text or e-mail after going to bed at least once within the past week.

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