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Impact Of Sleep Loss On Attention
Brian Millis, of the University of Louisville, combined behavioral and P300 waveform information (a component of the human brain wave linked to attention control) from children between the ages of four and eight who experienced a minor sleep reduction from their baseline amount of sleep for seven consecutive nights. Behavioral attention information was collected using the NEPSY Visual Attention subtest. Event-related potentials (ERPs) were then recorded after one week of baseline sleep and after a second week of one-hour sleep restriction using a Geodesic Sensor Net. Actigraphy recordings verified sleep times during both weeks.
As per the results, the ERPs accounted for 44 percent of the total variance in predicting NEPSY Visual Attention scores after the children's sleep was reduced for one week.
"These data are interpreted to suggest that neutral based risk factors can signal the cognitive resilience of individuals in handling subsequent sleep loss," said Millis.
Experts recommend that children in pre-school sleep between 11-13 hours a night, and school-aged children between 10-11 hours of sleep a night.
Your child should follow these steps to get a good night's sleep:
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