Children's Sleep And Mental Health Are Related

Posted on September 18, 2015

A recent study conducted shows that four-year-olds with sleep disorders have a higher risk of developing symptoms of psychiatric problems as six-year-olds, compared with children who sleep soundly.

At the same time, four-year-olds with psychiatric symptoms have a greater risk of developing a sleep disorder as six-year-olds, compared with children who do not have these kind of symptoms.

This shows the importance of identifying children with sleep disorders at an early age, so that remedial measures can be taken. Although poor sleep affects a child’s day-to-day functioning, we are seeing that there are also long term repercussions.

Which comes first - poor sleep or psychiatric problems? Can we say that poor sleep causes psychiatric problems – or do psychiatric problems cause poor sleep?

The findings from the study suggest that the relationship goes both ways.

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Category(s):Child Development, Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.), Mental Health in Asia, Parenting

Source material from Tricity Psychology


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