Effects of Lack of Sleep

Effects of Lack of Sleep

Children and adolescents need at least nine hours of sleep per night. Sleep problems and a lack of sleep can have negative effects on children's performance in school, during extracurricular activities, and in social relationships.

A lack of sleep may cause:

  • Accidents and injuries
  • Behavior problems
  • Mood problems
  • Memory, concentration, and learning problems
  • Performance problems
  • Slower reaction times
  • Overeating

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PEDIATRIC SLEEP DISORDERS:

  • Snoring
  • Restless sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Bedwetting
  • Trouble waking in the morning
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Daytime inattention
  • Learning problems
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Chronic headaches

Children at higher risk for sleep problems include:

  • Down syndrome
  • Craniofacial abnormalities
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Obesity
  • Inattention and hyperactivity