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University of Maryland
The use of actigraphy and sleep diary measures has been understudied in low-income families who are at increased risk of poor sleep. In our study, we compared these measures in a low-income sample and identified if toddlers were meeting National Sleep Foundation recommendations of bedtime before 9pm and 11-14 hours of sleep/day. We found that (1) sleep diary measures did not match actigraphy measures, (2) toddlers were going to bed past 9pm, and (3) toddlers were not getting enough sleep. Given our small sample, these results need to be replicated before they can be generalized to other low-income families. Read the article.