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Sleep-A Learned Behaviour

Following birth, sleeping patterns evolve rapidly and become consolidated in early childhood. Parental behaviours at bedtime -- especially their response to their child’s nighttime awakenings -- play a big part in consolidating their child’s sleep patterns. This according to findings published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. The study investigated the sleep patterns of 1741 children in Quebec, at ages five, 17, and 29 months, and collected data from the mothers via interviews and questionnaires. Three major

Sleep: a wake-up

Sleep: a wake-up Hyperactivity, even ADHD, may be caused by late nights, says Tessa Thomas Most children feel a little ratty after a poor night’s sleep. But some sleep experts now suggest that sleep deprivation is actually the cause of many forms of hyperactivity, including ADHD. “Sleep problems have always been recognized as a symptom of ADHD, but they are as likely to be a cause,” says Dr Stephen Sheldon, director of sleep medicine at the Children’s Memorial Hospital

Lack of night sleep in infants can lead to childhood obesity

Schwarz E, Brown J, Creasman J, Stuebe A, McClure C, van Den Eeden S, Thom D. Lactation and maternal risk of type 2 diabetes: a population-based study. American Journal of Medicine, 2010; 123(9): 863.e1-863.e6. Insufficient amounts of night time sleep among infants and preschool-aged children may be a significant risk factor for developing childhood obesity, say US researchers. To test associations between daytime and night time sleep duration and subsequent obesity in children and adolescents, the researchers studied 1930