Sleep Hygiene

Can a lack of sleep impact a child’s behavior?

The symptoms of a lack of sleep are often obvious to watchful parents. Some of these tell-tale signs include:

  • recurrently falling asleep in the car (excluding young infants);
  • requiring extreme stimulation and repetitive reminders to get up in the morning;
  • behavioral abnormalities such as excessive emotionalism, aggression, and crankiness; and
  • an older child’s (over 8 years of age) recurrent need for an afternoon nap.
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