Infant sleep predicts attention regulation and behavior problems at 3-4 years of age

Avi Sadeh, Gali De Marcas, Yael Guri, Andrea Berger, Liat Tikotzky, Yair Bar-Haim

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Abstract

This longitudinal study assessed the role of early sleep patterns in predicting attention regulation and behavior problems. Sleep of 43 infants was assessed using actigraphy at 12 months of age and then reassessed when the children were 3-4 years old. During this follow-up, their attention regulation and behavior problems were also assessed using a computerized test and parental reports. Lower quality of sleep in infancy significantly predicted compromised attention regulation and behavior problems. These findings underscore the need to identify and treat early sleep problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-137
Number of pages16
JournalDevelopmental Neuropsychology
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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