Not enough sleep affects behavior in children with autism and ADHD, according to research from Louisiana State University Health Shreveport. Children with insufficient sleep have problems concentrating, focusing, paying attention and with their memory. In addition, not enough sleep increases behavior problems in children. The symptoms of chronic sleep deprivation can even mimic ADHD.
Dr Michelle Yetman is studying the effects of sleep on these disorders. “71 percent of children referred to our clinic don’t meet the national guidelines for adequate amount of sleep,” said Dr Michelle Yetman. “If you’re not getting enough sleep, you can’t focus and attend during the day. Your attention will drift in and out during the day,” said Yetman.
- remove TVs, laptops and other electronic devices from bedrooms
- set regular bedtimes
- know the amount of sleep their children need
The National Sleep Foundation provides this guideline of sleep requirements based on age:
– Infants (14-15 hours)- Toddlers (12-14 hours)- Preschoolers (11-13 hours)
– School-age children (10-11 hours)
– Teens (8.5-9.5 hours)
– Adults (7-9 hours)