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Every parent knows kids need a good night’s sleep to be at their best. And still, young Americans from elementary school age through high school, are sleeping significantly less today than they did thirty years ago.

With homework and TV and the Internet and video games and parents getting home later from work, it’s easy to kill another hour before bedtime.

But mounting research suggests that erosion of sleep time may be more costly than we imagined: in brain development, learning capacity, even in ADHD and obesity.

This hour, On Point: the kids are not in bed, and what that’s costing them.

Guests:

Po Bronson, writer and social documentarian. He wrote the recent New York magazine cover story “Snooze or Lose.”

Dr. Judith Owens, director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

Ric Dressen, Superintendent of Schools in Edina, Minnesota.

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  • Laura

    This is really an off-topic comment, but I would really appreciate it if you paid some attention to it.

    I am an English teacher for Secondary School kids in Spain, and I came across with your programme while looking for materials for my classes. Your accent is easy to follow and the topics are fantastic for education.

    I really wish you also published the script of your show! Thank you very much.

  • Anonymous

     Obesity is linked to lack of sleep. Obesity not the fault of the overweight person

    In fact, it is almost impossible to lose weight in the USA due to Food Chemicals.

    The food has been legally poisoned with food chemicals and this is proven by a European filmmaker. This is why people cannot lose weight

    A filmmaker has shown how to reverse weight gain with a diabetes diet for NON diabetics in 10 countries and the drug-makers hide the story

    The diet reverses the damage from Food chemicals and causes weight loss

    If you cannot lose weight it is not your fault

    see here http://spirithappy.org/wp/?page_id=788

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