Family Practice News reported on three studies showing how lack of sleep can adversely affect young people. Recommended levels of sleep is 8-9 hours per night. For each one hour of sleep deprivation, there is a 14% greater incidence of psychological disturbance, including major depression. After a traumatic event
sleep disruption often occurs and is a precursor for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Overweight children with sleep apnea, whether mild or more severe, had lower grades in school than those who did not. We certainly need to pay more attention to sleep problems for both children and adults.
See Family Practice News (click here), October 1, 2010.