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Sleep, Health and SocietyFrom Aetiology to Public Health$
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Francesco P. Cappuccio, Michelle A. Miller, and Steven W. Lockley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566594

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566594.001.0001

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Sleep in children: the evolving challenge of catching enough and quality Zzz’s

Sleep in children: the evolving challenge of catching enough and quality Zzz’s

(p.215) Chapter 10 Sleep in children: the evolving challenge of catching enough and quality Zzz’s
Sleep, Health and Society

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D. Gozal

Oxford University Press

The impact of poor sleep in the developing child is tremendously underrated and virtually unexplored. Furthermore, it remains crucial to realize that relations between sleep duration and cognition, affect, and health are all multidirectional, and that sleep plays an important role. This chapter discusses the latest findings on such interrelations and highlights the risks associated with disrupted, shortened, or insufficient sleep. Studies have shown that children in our society are very unlikely to obtain sufficient sleep on a stable and regular schedule. Therefore, each healthcare provider should monitor periodically any condition that may affect sleep in a developing child. Since a child engages in sleeping activities more than in any other during the 24-hour cycle, the most forgotten, overlooked, or even actively ignored behaviour of this century is undoubtedly childhood sleep. If we aim for a successful society and economy where individual productivity is fostered and encouraged, then we need to preserve and promote sleep, so that dreams can be fulfilled.

Keywords:   sleep duration, children, sleep disordered breathing, developing child, childhood sleep, cognition, memory

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