Insufficient Sleep Among Children Just Beginning School Leads to Behavioral and Cognitive Problems in the Classroom
The first investigation of developmental sleep duration patterns throughout childhood shows that children just beginning school and who get little sleep are more likely to have behavioral and cognitive problems in the classroom, according to a study published in the September 1 issue of the journal SLEEP. The study, authored by Jacques Montplaisir, MD, of the Sleep Disorders Center at Sacre-Coeur Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, focused on 1,492 children, who were studied annually from five months of age to six years. A questionnaire, filled out by the children’s mothers, measured each child’s hyperactivity-impulsivity (HI), inattention and daytime sleepiness scores for each of those years.
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