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.