Study Shows Connection Between Sleep And Childhood Injury
Does your child fall down frequently or have an unusual number of injuries? It may be that she or he is sleep-deprived.
An Italian study involving more than 300 children age 14 and under who went to the emergency room for treatment suggests that sleep and wakefulness duration are associated with the risk of injury in children. Researchers at the Children's Emergency Center of Udine, Italy, compared sleep patterns on the days the children were injured with the days they weren't. They interviewed the children or their parents for the project.
Among the findings of the study:
"The finding that sleep and wakefulness duration are associated with the risk of injury in children suggests new opportunity for injury prevention in childhood," according to the authors of the study, which was published in the February 2, 2001 issue of Pediatrics.
However, they added, "It might be premature to quantify the exact duration of sleep required to minimize injury risk in childhood." Further research is desirable to confirm and strengthen our results.