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Home Wellness Research Stress in Children Sleep-Debt Linked with Temper Tantrums

Sleep-Debt Linked with Temper Tantrums

Monday, 03 November 2008 18:47
A new study confirms what many parents, teachers and doctors have suspected: Lack of sleep provokes behavioral problems in young children.  Specifically, 2- and 3- year-olds who sleep less than 10 hours per 24-hour period are nearly 25% more likely to have a clinically diagnosed behavior-related psychiatric disorder, such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD), compared with children who sleep at least 10 hours in a 24-hour period, say researchers. The study enrolled 510 youngsters, aged 2 to 5 years.

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