Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
Brain Damage & Brain health (3 of 4)
September 25, 2023

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A Healthy Child Needs a Healthy Brain, A Healthy Brain Needs Healthy Sleep

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.

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  • 2. Brain Health and Baby Sleep Schedules

∙ At 6 and 12 months, early bedtimes were associated with increased neural connectivity in the brain.  (Blog Post 131).

∙ Infants 13-16 months of age with objective longer sleep durations and more consolidated sleep were more creative.  (Blog Post 141).

∙ In children 2-5 years old, connection between the right and left sides of the brain increased by as much as 20% over a single night’s sleep.  (Blog Post 135).

∙ Children between 2-6 years old who increased their sleep duration over a 15-month observation period had less hyperactivity/inattention, fewer conduct problems, improved peer relationships and more prosocial behavior.  (Blog Post 75).

∙ Objective measurements of sleep duration in 5-13 years showed that longer sleep durations were associated with better cognitive function.  (Blog Post 121).

∙ IQ scores in 6-year-old children were higher in children with longer sleep durations. (Blog Post 121).

∙ Among 9-11-year-old children, long sleep duration is associated with higher cognitive scores and specific regional increases in brain volume.  (Blog Post 136).

∙ Well-rested adolescents, 15-17 years old, who habitually slept more than 8 hours each night, were experimentally given 10-hour sleep opportunities in a sleep lab during a 10-day study period.  Their Happiness ratings increased by more than 10%.  (Blog Post 79).

(To be continued)

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