If you have not already done so, please read Blog Posts 1 through 5 that describe how sleep is important and beneficial. I will post specific information for parents and children based on my book, “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.” Please do not be put off by my book’s length. This is a reference book. Read only the topic of interest to you.
I reviewed 35 studies to answer the question: When children do not sleep well, are they at a higher risk for mental health problems?
All studies agree that all children at every age who are not sleeping well are at a higher risk for adverse mental health outcomes.
A new 2022 Canadian study of over 2,000 children concluded that “High sleep quality was consistently associated with better mental health.”