Is sleep deprivation associated with behavioral changes in children and adolescents?

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Abstract

EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWER

Reported short sleep duration (≤5 hours per night) is associated with suicidality and risky behaviors such as drug use, fighting, weapon carrying, distracted driving, and alcohol consumption. Less than average reported sleep duration is associated with depressive symptoms. Insomnia in children is associated with psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, and aggression (SOR: B, cross-sectional study and retrospective studies). These associations do not prove causation.

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