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One in four children 'has too little sleep'

By ITS Education Asia

We all know it is important to get enough sleep. Lack of sleep leaves us grumpy and reduces our productivity, and it leads to mistakes and accidents. So therefore this recent finding from the WHO on lack of sleep among children in the UK is a cause for concern.

One in four 11 to 15-year-olds in England have too little sleep, a World Health Organization study suggests. 

27% now say they are too tired to concentrate on their lessons — 17% of 11-year-olds, 28% of 13-year-olds and 42% of 15-year-olds. Girls, though, are more likely to have too little sleep, 32% compared with 23% of boys.

The survey also reports other disturbing statistics: the proportion of 15-year-olds who say they have have low moods at least once a week has also risen, from 40% to 50%. One in four 15-year-olds say they have self-harmed — and the proportion is rising faster among boys.

There were some positive statistics in the survey, such as the decrease in risky behaviour by youth.

It would be great to see these types of statistics for Hong Kong youth.

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