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Prevalence of night sleep duration, sleep quality and sleep hygiene practices among children attending childcare services in New South Wales, Australia
journal contributionposted on 2023-02-16, 04:03 authored by A Grady, P Dodds, J Jones, L Wolfenden, Serene YoongSerene Yoong
Aim: To describe parent-reported child: (i) sleep duration; (ii) sleep quality; (iii) sleep hygiene practices; and (iv) the proportion of children meeting sleep duration recommendations. Methods: A convenience sample of parents of Australian pre-school-aged children (3–5 years) were surveyed from the Hunter New England region of New South Wales. The cross-sectional survey was conducted via computer-assisted telephone interview. The survey assessed parent and child demographic characteristics and parent-reported child sleep duration, quality and sleep hygiene practices. Results: A total of 488 eligible parents or guardians took part in the study. Parents reported that children slept an average of 11.03 h per night. Approximately 96% of children met daily sleep duration recommendations from sleep guidelines for their age group. The majority of parents reported that their child had ‘good’ sleep quality (86.89%). Almost 40% reported that their child woke at least once a night. Sleep hygiene practices were relatively well established; however, a small proportion of parents indicated that they had no rules surrounding bedtime (13.52%) or television use before bed (14.52%). Conclusions: The current study describes the sleep duration, quality and sleep hygiene practices of a sample of pre-school-aged children in New South Wales, Australia. Future research using objective measures of sleep duration and hygiene, as well as assessing a broader spectrum of sleep hygiene practices, is needed.
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Publication classificationC1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Science & TechnologyLife Sciences & BiomedicinePediatricspre-schoolrecommendationssleep durationsleep hygienesleep qualityCORONARY-HEART-DISEASEBODY-MASS INDEXADVERSE ASSOCIATIONSAGED CHILDRENRISKBEDTIMEHEALTHPRESCHOOLERSMETAANALYSISPATTERNSChild CareChild, PreschoolCross-Sectional StudiesFemaleHumansMaleNew South WalesSleepSleep HygieneSleep Wake DisordersSocioeconomic FactorsSurveys and QuestionnairesTelevisionPediatricSleep ResearchPublic Health and Health Services not elsewhere classifiedClinical Sciences not elsewhere classifiedPaediatrics and Reproductive Medicine not elsewhere classified