MedPage Today: Pandemic Sleeplessness. Are Kids Tossing and Turning as Much as Adults?
By Lei Lei Wu
Adults may be suffering from "coronasomnia" -- increased levels of sleeplessness, nightmares, and other sleep troubles -- during the pandemic, but are children experiencing the same problems? Maybe not, according to a presenter at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) virtual meeting.
Pandemic-related sleep studies in children have not shown a clear trend of insomnia, noted David Ingram, MD, of Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, during his talk entitled, "Barriers to Sleep in 2021."
For some kids, the increased flexibility that came with virtual school helped boost sleep quality, explained Ingram.
Better sleep overall, including getting more sleep and sleeping later, have been reported in studies done in various pediatric age-groups from China, Israel, and the U.S., he added.
And adolescents experienced less "social jet lag" -- weekday-weekend differences in their sleep schedules -- during the pandemic.
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