Insufficient sleep harms children's mental health: Study
Dear parents, if you want your child to be mentally fit, Read on. Inadequate nighttime sleep alters several aspects of children`s emotional health, warn researchers.
For the study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the research team studied 53 children ages 7-11 over more than a week. The children completed an in-lab emotional assessment twice, once after a night of healthy sleep and again after two nights where their sleep was restricted by several
"After sleep restriction, we observed changes in the way children experience, regulate and express their emotions," said study lead author Candice Alfano, Professor at the University of Houston in the US.
The multi-method assessment had children view a range of pictures and movie clips eliciting both positive and negative emotions while the researchers recorded how children responded on multiple levels. (Photo: Pixabay)
Another important finding from the study is that the impact of sleep loss on emotion was not uniform across all children. Specifically, children with greater pre-existing anxiety symptoms showed the most dramatic alterations in emotional responding after sleep restriction."These results emphasize a potential need to assess and prioritize healthy sleep habits in emotionally vulnerable children," the study researchers noted.(Photo: Pixabay)