The Clarion-Ledger examines the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation for parents and children.

There are few things more essential to a happy family than adequate sleep. Unfortunately, our modern lives are making that difficult to achieve.

According to a 2014 National Sleep Foundation poll, 34 percent of parents reported that scheduled evening activities pose challenges to their child getting a good night’s sleep, while 41 percent say these activities challenge their own good night’s sleep. One in four parents also reported that in the last seven days, homework made it more difficult for their child to get a good night’s sleep.

Just how much sleep is enough varies among individuals, but Dr. Melissa Hidde said kids need more sleep than adults to be rested.

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