Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Effects of sleep deprivation on children's health

Posted by Sarah Sweetz Akhza at 4:56 AM
Effects of sleep deprivation on children's health

Effects of sleep deprivation on children's health - Children who have less sleep time, can cause adverse effects to health. Found the fact that every time the children slept an hour less, at risk of weight gain 0.7 pounds. Some things are less profitable due to not enough sleep will affect the psychological and physical effects for growth and development and personality of the child.

School age children need to sleep at least 10-12 hours per day. Several things can make a child become less sleep as too much activity, watching television, playing video or computer. Set their lifestyle and schedule hours of sleep enough for your child avoid the adverse effects of sleep deprivation. If the child likes to spend time game play, set the time portion, and regularly reminded to always keep their sleeping hours.

If children have less sleep then it will have an impact on a few things as below:

Lack of concentration

Lack of sleep can make children become tired, so out of focus or concentration is reduced.

This condition would make it difficult to receive information from outside such as reading books, absorbing the essence of the lessons learned in school and remember the learning materials.


This causes the child easily irritated or irritable, hyperactive behavior that sometimes can make a parent or caregiver upset. High level of emotion that caused the child easily angered and offended by the lack of influence of the brain to rest.

The decline in IQ scores

Researchers from the University of Virginia found the children who sleep deprivation can impair cognitive development and IQ, so it has lower grades in school and hard to build good relationships with peers. Experts believe the sooner the child to sleep after learning the ability to remember the greater.

Emotional problems

Lack of sleep can raise levels of the stress hormone cortisol, that allows him to experience the problems associated with depression and anxiety. This can make children easy sadness, anger, fatigue, nausea and worry all the time.

Problem with weight

Studies of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found children who sleep less at risk of obesity is around 92 percent. Researchers said that for every 1 extra hour of sleep obtained the child can reduce the risk by 9 percent.

Risk of diabetes
Lack of sleep will affect the absorption of glucose, any lack of sleep as much as 2 hours in a week was associated with increased levels of pro-inflammatory cytocins and low grade inflammation that can affect insulin resistance thus increasing the risk of diabetes.

Potentially hyperactivity)
Studies conducted by the University of Michigan and published by Pediatrics Magazine found sleep disorders in children such as sleep apnea, snoring, frequent waking at night or anxiety can contribute to the condition of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.


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