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The Effects of Sleep Deprivation in Children


Brain on overdrive on the latest computer games, PSPs and digital influences? Children just can’t fall asleep because of their excited brain activity? Latest research is saying that children are just not getting enough sleep! This basic need could play a very crucial determining role in their cognitive and developmental abilities. While conclusive research is still not available on how sleep deprivation impacts neuro-developmental processes in children, which ultimately affect the vulnerability to adverse neurobehavioral, cognitive and emotional/physical consequences, much research is being examined.

The National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, USA, have conducted many studies examining mood, behavior, and performance changes from acute loss of sleep in experimental settings. Evidence indicates that there is an association between lack of sleep and daytime performance impairments.

Furthermore, many studies found a positive link between behavioral problems, and sleep disturbances. A study at the University of Michigan reported that 10% of children are falling asleep at school. Saralyn Lawn, Lower School Director of Eton Academy states, “it’s amazing how many times a student comes to my classroom because he/she is having a ‘bad’ day.

Sleep problems in children are leading to concentration problems, diminished critical thinking skills and problem solving ability, hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Disorder, and increasing children’s risk of obesity and risk of clinical problems. The risks are many.

Sleep and Brain Facts!!
Sleeping years: The average human will spend 1/3 of their life sleeping, that equates to 20-25 years over a 75 year life span.
Yawns are contagious: Ever notice that you yawned after someone around you did? Some Scientists believe this may be a response to an ancient social behavior for communication that humans still have.
Nightly average: Most people dream about 1-2 hours a night and have an average of 4-7 dreams each night.
No sleep: It goes to follow…lack of sleep may actually hurt your ability to create new memories.
Sleep: While you sleep at night may be the best time for your brain to consolidate all your memories from the day.
Brain waves: Studies show that brain waves are more active while dreaming than when you are awake.