World Sleep Day March 2014

Research shows 40 per cent of children have poor sleep schedules and 20 per cent are sleep deprived.

Sleep is vital for healthy bodies and minds, but worrying research shows one in five Australian children don't get enough of it.

Sleep specialists are using World Sleep Day on March 14 to head into schools across Australia and New Zealand armed with a powerful message.

"You need a good night's sleep if you want to grow strong, think clearly and feel good," says sleep researcher Dr Sarah Biggs, coordinator of the event co-hosted by the Australasian Sleep Association and Sleep Health Foundation.

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