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.
Conclusion: Brain Damage May Be Associated with Unhealthy Sleep; Brain Health May Be Associated with Healthy Sleep
Differential susceptibility means that there are genetic differences between children regarding how much they will react to a specific environmental event such as short sleep durations.
Differential sensitivity means that an individual child might react differently to a specific environmental event such as short sleep durations (for example, impaired cognitive function versus depressed mood).
The fundamental fact is that there is a biologically controlled circadian sleep rhythm (Blog Post 112) that reflects the brain’s output for sleep. Importantly, if parents respect their child’s need for sleep, their child will have a healthier brain. Sadly, however, the connection between brain health and healthy sleep is not widely appreciated (Blog Post 38).
CHILD SLEEP ADVICE – CONCLUSIONS
A healthy child needs a healthy brain.
A healthy brain needs healthy sleep.