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Sleeping soundly: Why catching Zzz’s matters for kids

Sleep is a pillar of child health and well-being. And yet, in Canada, nearly one-third of kids aged 10-13 and about a quarter of those 14-17 are sleep deprived.

Research shows that sleep impacts a child’s attention span, weight, behaviour, diet and overall physical and mental health. So what can we do to ensure children are getting the sleep they need? The answer may exist in our schools.

On March 15, 2018 The School of Public Health welcomed assistant professor Kate Storey to present on the importance of sleep and its link to physical activity, nutrition and academic achievement. She also discussed how promoting health—including sleep—at school can translate to healthy behaviours at home.