Effects of too Little Sleep

Sleep deprivation seems to start early. A 2004 survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that on average, children in every age group from infancy through fifth grade failed to get even the low end of the recommended range of sleep. Experts say that most children do not get enough sleep each night and are being asked to work at school without a properly functioning brain.  Many children suffer from the psychological and physical effects of sleep deprivation that include:

  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Difficulty  concentrating and then thinking becomes extremely hard
  • Difficulty learning new information
  • Difiiculty in retaining anything that was heard or read at school
  • Difficulty performing at school
  • Increased mood swings, fatigue, irritability, impulsivity and behavior problems, difficulties in relationships with other children


Signs of Sleep Deprivation in Children

By  Charlina Stewart

When children are sleep deprived, they can exhibit any combination of these symptoms:

  • irritability
  • temper tantrums
  • decreased patience
  • hyperactivity
  • crying and fussiness
  • tired when they wake-up in the mornings
  • poor concentration
  • poor school performance
  • poor impulse control
  • clumsiness

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Re-posted from Aug. 2009


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