Novant Health House Call: The Importance of Sleep for Kids

CHARLOTTE, NC — According to surveys by the National Sleep Foundation, 90 percent of American parents think their child is getting enough sleep.

Kids themselves say otherwise. In those same surveys, 60 percent of high schoolers report extreme daytime sleepiness. In fact, in 2015 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared insufficient sleep a public health problem.

Dr. Lili Poon, a pediatric sleep specialist with Novant Health, stopped by this morning to tell us about the importance of sufficient sleep.