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S. Korean toddlers sleep less than norm: poll

2018/02/09 10:14

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SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korean toddlers sleep late and wake up early compared with their peers in other countries, with 6 out of 10 going to bed after 10 p.m., a study showed Friday.

According to the study conducted by the Korea Institute of Child Care and Institute, South Korean preschoolers slept the least among countries checked in 2017. Babies in Japan and the United States went to bed at the earliest hour (8:56 p.m.), followed by Finland and Taiwan.

The institute examined sleep patterns of toddlers aged between 2 and 5 last year. The findings were based on a survey of their parents.

The study showed that 31.5 percent of South Korean babies went to bed between 10 and 10:30 p.m. and 26.8 percent of them after 10:30 p.m.

The late bedtime is due to kids here needing to study, as well as being exposed to TV and the Internet, the institute said.

The findings showed that while South Korean children went to sleep late compared with others, 40.8 percent of the toddlers checked woke up between 8 and 8:30 a.m., with the average time of rising at 7:45 a.m. This is later than other countries.

Japanese babies woke up at an average of 7:02 a.m., American babies at 7:05 a.m., Finnish babies at 7:07 a.m. and Taiwanese babies at 7:22 a.m., the study showed.