Impact of Child Sleep Disturbances on Parent Sleep and Daytime Functioning

Lisa J. Meltzer and Anna and M. L. Westin

in Sleep and Development

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395754
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894468 | DOI:
Impact of Child Sleep Disturbances on Parent Sleep and Daytime Functioning

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Sleep problems across development are common, from infancy through adolescence. Further, the consequences of disrupted or insufficient sleep are numerous, impacting growth, learning, development, and mood. However, youth do not live in isolation, but rather are a part of a family system that is dynamic and interactive. One consequence of sleep problems in youth that has only recently received increasing attention is how sleep disorders or sleep disruptions in youth affect parent sleep and daytime functioning. This chapter reviews the existing literature in this area. It begins with a review of the relationship between sleep in children and their parents using a developmental framework from pregnancy through adolescence. It then considers the complex relationship between a child's illness or developmental disorder, the child's sleep, and both parental sleep and daytime functioning. Throughout, the chapter highlights how the treatment of sleep problems in children is essential, resulting in the improvement of not only the child's sleep but also parental sleep and daytime functioning.

Keywords: children's sleep; sleep problems; parental sleep; insufficient sleep; disrupted sleep; daytime functioning

Chapter.  7150 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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