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Children’s Brains Need Good Quality Sleep and Plenty of It

Children need a lot more sleep than adults. From babyhood through to till early school children spend as much or more time asleep than awake.  However not all children get the optimal amount or quality of sleep. It’s been reported that approximately 25% to 40% of children and adolescents have some type of sleep disorder [1]. A child with a sleep disorder may be getting insufficient sleep or the quality of their sleep may be disorganised and fragmented with insufficient time spent in the appropriate stages needed for  a child’s brain  to develop and function properly.

 

The fact that sleep disorders are often overlooked and undertreated is a problem because sleep turns out to be one of the most important factors in the development and function of children’s brains [2].  Inadequate sleep does not just make children irritable and sleepy, it also affects the function of their pre-frontal cortex which is the area of the brain needed for control of attention, impulses and emotions [3]. Lack of sleep affects thinking processes in complex ways such as interfering with cognitive systems that rely on emotional processing networks in the brain [4]. Hyperactivity, reduced school performance and depression have all been shown to be associated with sleep disruption in children and in adolescents [5-6]. Poor quality sleep in children is associated with lower neurocognitive functioning, lower IQ and increased levels of a range of maladaptive behaviours.  Severe sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and even snoring are associated with up to 4x greater chance of a child developing ADHD [7]. However even mild sleep disorders affect how well the child is able to process language and sound [8].

 

The good news is that treatment of sleep disorders and improved sleep hygiene can really help children feel, behave, think and learn better  [6] .Sleep issues are  complex and  their treatment can pose many challenges. However, sometimes simple changes  can make a big difference to a child’s sleep.  For example improving the function of a child’s airways and their breathing in general and identifying and treating  constipation and reflux can help many children to sleep better, sometimes dramatically so[9].

To learn more. Dr Rosalba Courtney will be giving a talk titled “Improved Breathing, Sleep and Digestive Function-Keys to Optimizing Children’s Health and Development” at the MINDD foundation on Thursday November 21st.   For bookings and further information  contact Alexis Parszos via email alexis@mindd.org

1.            Meltzer, L.J. and J.A. Mindell, Sleep and sleep disorders in children and adolescents. Psychiatr Clin North Am., 2006. 29(4): p. 1059-76.

2.            Stores, G., Practitioner review: assessment and treatment of sleep disorders in children and adolescents. J Child Psychol Psychiatry., 1996. 37(8): p. 907-25.

3.            Dahl, R.E., The impact of inadequate sleep on children's daytime cognitive function. Semin Pediatr Neurol. , 1996. 3(1): p. 44-50.

4.            Kilgore, W.D., Effects of sleep deprivation on cognition. Prog Brain Res., 2010. 185: p. 105-29.

5.            Hoban, T.F., Assessment and treatment of disturbed sleep in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Expert Rev Neurother., 2004. 4(2): p. 307-16.

6.            O'Brien, L.M., The neurocognitive effects of sleep disruption in children and adolescents. Child Adolesc Psychiatr N Am, 2009. 18(4): p. 813-23.

7.            Bonuck, K., et al., Sleep-disordered breathing in a population based cohort: behavioural outcomes at 4 and 7 years. Pediatrics, 2012. 129(4): p. 1-9.

8.            Key, A.P., et al., Sleep-disordered breathing affects auditory processing in 5-7-year-old children: evidence from brain recordings. Dev Neuropsychol., 2009. 34(5): p. 615-28.

9.            Courtney, R.C., The importance of correct breathing for raising healthy good looking children. Journal of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, 2013. 19(1): p. 20-26.

 

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'improved sleep hygiene' - this is a really important point. Think about activity levels through the day, is bedtime the same every day, is the diet healthy, how much is sugar intake etc etc. A health routine and attitude to sleep = improved sleep hygiene.

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew - SleepPro Australia

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