According to a recent study to determine the prevalence of sleep problems among British children, 300 pairs of 8 year old twins and their parents were questioned about sleep problems. While 45%of children reported sleep problems only 17% of parents reported that their children had trouble sleeping. An awareness gap between parents and their children was also found in the NSF’s 2006 Sleep in America Poll on adolescents health, which found that a majority of teens reported not getting the adequate amount of sleep they needed ,90% of the parents reported that their child gets sufficient sleep at least a few times a week. It was also found that children who resisted going to bed were more likely to have sleep problems and those who read or were read to at bed time were likely to sleep more.
Child Development Nov 14, 2006 vol 77(6); pp 1668-1679