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14 June 2011

Sleep loss in kids linked to ADHD symptoms

A new study shows that preschool-age children who got less sleep were more likely to be hyperactive and inattentive in kindergarten.

Short sleep duration may contribute to the development or worsening of hyperactivity and inattention during early childhood, according to research presented at Sleep 2011, the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS) in the US.

"Children who were reported to sleep less in preschool were rated by their parents as more hyperactive and less attentive, compared to their peers in kindergarten," said lead author Erika Gaylor, PhD, senior researcher for SRI International, an independent, non-profit research institute.

"These findings suggest that some children who are not getting adequate sleep may be at risk for developing behavioural problems manifested by hyperactivity, impulsivity, and problems sitting still and paying attention."

 
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