Navigation Links
Kids Who Bully Often Get Poor Sleep
Date:6/3/2011

FRIDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Poor sleep may be a factor in aggressive behavior among kids, according to new research that found that children who bully other kids are more likely to be sleepy during the day.

In the study, researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School found that children with conduct problems at school were twice as likely to have sleep-disordered breathing problems or daytime sleepiness as other children who reported adequate amounts of sleep.

"What this study does is raise the possibility that poor sleep, from whatever cause, can indeed play into bullying or other aggressive behaviors -- a major problem that many schools are trying to address," Louise O'Brien, assistant professor in the University of Michigan's Sleep Disorders Center and the departments of neurology and oral and maxillofacial surgery, said in a university news release.

In examining elementary school students who had conduct problems, the researchers concluded that sleep-disordered breathing -- problems that occur during sleep, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, where the airway collapses -- could be the cause of their daytime sleepiness. Other reasons for kids' fatigue, they noted, could include a disorganized home environment or too much stimulation from technology, such as televisions, cellphones or computers in the bedroom.

The study, published online May 26 in Sleep Medicine, suggested that although more research is needed on the link between sleepiness and conduct problems, efforts to reduce children's daytime sleepiness could help eliminate a significant amount of bullying among kids.

"We know that the prefrontal cortex area of the brain is sensitive to sleep deprivation, and this area is also related to emotional control, decision making and social behavior," O'Brien said. "So impairment in the prefrontal cortex may lead to aggression or disruptive behavior, delinquency or even substance abuse."

"But the good news is that some of these behaviors can be improved," she said. "Sleep-disordered breathing can be treated, and schools or parents can encourage kids to get more sleep."

To improve children's sleep quality, the researchers said, parents should:

  • Remove TVs, phones and computers from kids' bedrooms.
  • Encourage children to get an adequate amount of uninterrupted sleep each night. That's 11 to 13 hours a night for preschoolers and 10 to 11 hours nightly for school-aged kids.
  • Make getting enough sleep a household priority.

More information

The National Sleep Foundation has more on children and sleep.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: University of Michigan Medical School, news release, June 1, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Kids who bully, are aggressive are twice as likely to have sleep problems
2. School bullying, violence against LGBT youth linked to risk of suicide, HIV infection
3. How to raise a child who doesnt bully
4. Student Bullying Linked to Family Violence: CDC
5. Bullying May Accompany Drive to Be Popular
6. Older Brothers More Likely to Bully
7. For Many Gay Youth, Bullying Exacts a Deadly Toll
8. Bullying Assembly Uses Comedy to Reach Students
9. There Oughta Be A Law: NY Poised to Lead U.S. in Fight to Stop Workplace Bullying
10. Only 17% of Children Trust Dad for Advice About Bullying
11. New study reveals prevalence of cyberbullying and its psychological impact on nonheterosexual youth
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Kids Who Bully Often Get Poor Sleep
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... Soriant recognizes that identifying savings ... Healthcare facilities across the country are always forced to focus on costs ... across the country, an efficient and quick way to estimate savings potential within ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... , ... March 22, 2017 , ... ... to cure Rett Syndrome, a devastating neurological disorder that afflicts 350,000 individuals worldwide. ... on the X chromosome, and almost exclusively strikes females. Following a normal ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... PA (PRWEB) , ... March 22, 2017 , ... Last ... according to a US Department of Agriculture report. While excess dairy can be ... play a role. Lactose sensitivity is the inability to properly digest lactose, a sugar ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... The Tyler Hitchcock ... to communities across eastern Texas, is announcing a charity drive in conjunction with ... children and adults. , Consistently a top-rated nonprofit organization for hunger relief, ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... ... and financial planning assistance to communities throughout central Ohio, is initiating a charity ... Estimates from the Department of Defense and the Veteran's Brain Injury Center conclude ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/22/2017)... EarlySense , the market leader in Contact-Free ... recognized medical center and a member of Partners Healthcare, has ... of its Early Detection of Deterioration Project. The facility also ... time to alarms. ... According to the peer-reviewed paper published ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... 22, 2017 FinancialBuzz.com News Commentary ... cannabis industry is strongly contributing to job creation. A ... and reporting for the cannabis industry, projects that by ... a quarter million jobs for American workers. The legal ... 2016, and is projected to grow at a compound ...
(Date:3/22/2017)...  As the world,s leading non-profit dedicated to fighting ... played a role in most therapies used today to ... helping patients with other cancers and serious diseases. Such ... cutting-edge research – more than $1 billion in the ... record-breaking sum of $4.1 million raised at the 30 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: