Sleep plays an extremely important role in our health, yet it seems to be one of the first things we forego when we’re short on time. For children, this habit can prove to be harmful later in life. A new study by the pediatricians at Massachusetts General Hospital shows that insufficient sleep in early childhood can lead to cognitive and behavioral problems in later years.
The study monitored the sleep habits of 1,046 children and their consequent behaviors. The families of these children were interviewed when the children were ages 6 months, 3 years and 7 years old, and completed questionnaires at ages 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 years old. The mothers were also sent survey instruments to evaluate each child’s executive function and behavioral issues, including emotional responses and social problems.
The findings support the importance of encouraging your children to get a good and sufficient night’s sleep…
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