Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sleeping Problems May Lead to Behavioral Problems in Kids

Believe it or not, if your child has been bullying others or acting aggressively, sleepiness may be part of the reason.

A recent study looked at 341 children in grades two to five, most of who were from low-income households, for their sleeping habits and aggressive behavior at school. Parents and teachers completed questionnaires to indicate whether or not the children bullied and otherwise misbehaved to the point of needing to be sent to the office. Parents and teachers were also questioned about the students’ sleepiness, snoring and attentiveness.
As it turns out, children who snored or were sleepy tended to behave worse than those who got a good night’s sleep. The study’s drawbacks include a low participation rate — only 30 percent of eligible students took part. Also, teachers and parents rated the same students differently, but there was indeed a strong connection between kids who slept poorly due to snoring and a child’s poor conduct in school.
If you’re a parent concerned about your child’s aggressive behavior, by making sure your child gets a good night sleep, you may be preventing her from growing into an adult with serious psychological problems — which can happen if bullying isn’t nipped in the bud.

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