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Current and COVID-19 Challenges With Childhood and Adolescent Sleep

Authors: Stern et al. (2020)

Introduction: The pandemic has significantly altered normal sleep patterns for children and teenagers. While similar to summer vacation sleep laxity, children and families need to adjust sleep schedules to be well rested and arise appropriately to start their day. Sleep is a key component of healthy living when bodies and brains rest and recharge. If children and teenagers do not get enough sleep, they can be irritable and have behavior changes, attention difficulties, and memory problems. Inadequate sleep increases the risk of high blood pressure, obesity, depression, and diabetes.

 

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