Recent research shows childhood sleep troubles may lead to an increased risk for depression, anxiety and drug abuse later in life.
Maria Wong, associate professor of psychology at Idaho State University, told the
Over-tiredness in childhood also predicts "binge drinking, blackouts, driving after drinking alcohol, and the number of lifetime alcohol problems in young adulthood," she said.
"We think that healthy, optimal sleep may be a buffer against developing anxiety and depression in kids," said Ronald E. Dahl, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
According to a 2004 poll by
Snoring, trouble sleeping through the night and difficulty staying awake during the day may be signs a child has a sleep disorder, according to
The time to tackle sleep problems is before puberty, the Wall Street Journal reported.
"The brains of children are far more plastic and amenable to change," said Candice Alfano, assistant professor of psychology and pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.