Symptoms & Effects of Sleep deprivation in children

Symptoms of sleep deprivation

  • Excessive day time sleepiness- falling asleep at school, bus or while watching TV
  • Tired upon waking up
  • Moody, irritable, increased temper tantrums
  • Poor concentration
  • Difficulty in learning new task
  • Drop in school performance
  • Prone to injury

Effects of sleep deprivation

Sleep Deprivation has significant effect on mood, cognition and overall health of the child

  • Changes in mood: It can lead to anxiety, irritability, mood disturbances, depression
  • Changes in cognition: It can cause inattention, lack of concentration, impulsivity, poor executive function and memory
  • Effect on health: It can cause high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, immunosuppression and risk of injuries

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