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Kids Who Don't Sleep Enough Grow Up with Problems, According to Pediatric Study
A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital pediatrician finds that
children ages 3 to 7 who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have
problems with attention, emotional control and peer relationships in
mid-childhood. Reported online in the journal Academic Pediatrics
the study found significant differences in the responses of parents and
teachers to surveys regarding executive function – which includes
attention, working memory, reasoning and problem solving – and
behavioral problems in 7-year-old children depending on how much sleep
they regularly received at younger ages.
“We found that children
who get an insufficient amount of sleep in their preschool and early
school-age years have a higher risk of poor neurobehavioral function at
around age 7,” says Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, chief of General Pediatrics
at MassGeneral Hospital for Children
who led the study. “The associations between insufficient sleep and
poorer functioning persisted even after adjusting for several factors
that could influence the relationship.” http://www.massgeneral.org/News/pressrelease.aspx?id=2072