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nights to 14 hours on weekends. That was a red
;ag: The variability of sleep schedules doesn’t
help kids get the deep sleep that they need.
The next step involved assessing whether
more sleep was as good as a regular sleep
schedule. Perfect divided the participants into
two groups. The ;rst group was told to get an
hour more of sleep each night or spend 10
hours asleep, whichever was greater. The
other group was told to sleep their average
number of hours,
but on a regular
going to bed by
10: 30 p.m. and
rising at 6 a.m., for
worked with the kids and
their families to adopt the sleep regimens and
checked in with them regularly to see if they
were sticking to their schedules.
At the end of the study, the participants
in the group instructed to extend their sleep
each night had increased their z’s by only 30
minutes. And kids in the group aiming for a
regular sleep schedule snoozed just a few
minutes more each night.
Yet, to Perfect’s surprise, both groups
showed measurable improvements in blood
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glucose levels and improved reading ability.
They also reported feeling less anxiety.
“Even though they only achieved 30 minutes
more, that still had measurable e;ects,”
In post-study surveys, Perfect also learned
that kids couldn’t manage alone. Sixty;percent
told her a;erward that getting the extra sleep,
or sticking to a more regular schedule, would
be di;cult without support.
The ADA-funded study,
published last year in the journal
Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology,
helped Perfect and her team win a $2 million,
;ve-year grant from the National Institutes of
Health to conduct a larger study looking at
changing children’s sleep routines over a
longer period of time. She hopes the data will
help make sleep recommendations a standard
part of diabetes care—and that more-rested
kids will be healthier kids, too.
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light from cell phones,
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EVEN THOUGH THEY ONLY
ACHIEVED 30 MINUTES MORE,
THAT STILL HAD MEASURABLE EFFECTS.
;MICHELLE PERFECT, P;D