Sleep Disturbances in Children May Affect Their Mental Health


Bhubaneswar: Sleep disorders in kids may develop psychiatric issues in them, a new study revealed.

According to researchers, 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.

For the study over 1000 four-year-olds participated in the study and parents of around 800 of these children were interviewed again two years later.

The study published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics revealed a child who shows signs of anxiety or a behavioural disorder may easily end up in a vicious cycle, where conflict with adults triggers anxiety and in turn leads to trouble falling asleep.

Besides, the researchers have opined that children who suffer from insomnia struggle with falling asleep and frequent waking.

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