On NPR's Shots Blog, Nancy Shute commented on a study from the University of South Australia, which in a nutshell stated that there was no foundation for the amount of sleep pediatricians have been recommending to parents for their kids. Then she followed up with a Q&A with Dr. Judith Owens, a sleep specialist and pediatrician at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Owens had a 'Not-So-Fast' exchange with Shute, and explained that recommendations for sleep have been well researched. Perhaps the U of South Australia researchers have been pickin' and choosin' their data sets, possibly with an agenda in mind...?
Links to both of her blog entries are HERE and HERE. Excellent read if you're concerned about your over-scheduled, tech-overloaded kids - like I am.