Sleep deprivation in children

Sleep deprivation in childreSleep Deprivation in Children:
Sleep Deprivation is due to an increased buildup of adenosine (see previous post) earlier in the day/evening making you feel sleepy sooner. Below is an outline those consequences:

Stunts appropriate neurocognitive development in young children
Cause mood changes, irritability and behavioral problems
May present as paradoxical hyperactivity rather than sleepiness; likely causing difficulty in concentration and focus
Trouble with cognition and memory in older children and teens
Decreases reaction times and increases accidents
Decreases immune response therefore increasing risk of developing illnesses
Increases heart rate and breathing patterns
Suppresses the release of growth hormone affecting growth

Source: Dr. Jose Colon, Pediatric Neurologist, Sleep Medicine Specialist

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August 15, 2013