Sleep Disorders in Childhood May Portend Later Mental Illness

Young children who had trouble sleeping had a higher risk of developing psychiatric disorders two years later.

A new study from Norway suggests sleep disorders in young children can have lasting consequences.

Many a mother or father have been challenged by a toddler who takes a long time to go to sleep or one who wakes up many times during the night. Parents are often told that night waking is part of toddlerhood, and that it will soon pass on its own, but this is not the case for everyone.

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) conducted a comprehensive survey of nearly 1,000 toddlers and discovered serious sleep disorders in young children can have long-term effects.

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