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Poor sleep or a lack of sleep has many negative effects on children and their parents.

For children:

  • Cognition: They are less concentrated and alert, and may have memory problems.
  • Behaviour: They are more irritable, hyperactive, and impulsive.
  • Emotion: They experience violent outburst and negative moods.
  • Physical health: They have a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese.

For new parents:

  • Daytime fatigue may lead to mood changes, marital conflicts, and less effective parenting.

It’s important to treat sleep problems in children early; over the long term, they can lead to behavioural and mood problems, suboptimal cognitive development and obesity.