03/10/2012 11:19 am ET

Should Children Have A Say In Bedtime? Harvard Professor Discusses 'Owls' And 'Larks' (VIDEO)

As part of National Sleep Awareness Week, the National Sleep Foundation's annual campaign to remind people about the importance and value of sleep, The Huffington Post and The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health collaborated on a live webcast event titled "Fighting the Clock: How America's Sleep Deficit is Damaging Longterm Health."

In this highlight from the event, an audience member asks about the amount of sleep children need -- and how best parents should go about helping them to get it. Susan Redline, M.D., M.P.H., professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School, explains that there are both "owls" and "larks" -- children (and adults!) who do their best in the evening or the morning, respectively. Watch the video for her advice to parents of children who have trouble falling asleep early.

What do you think: Should children have a say in their bedtimes? Tell us in the comments.

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