About the Pediatric Sleep Study

What is the Pediatric Sleep Study all about?

  • Working individually with trained interventionists to gain knowledge and learn strategies to improve your child’s sleep patterns
  • Learning about other health topics, such as proper physical activity and nutrition guidelines for your child, caffeine use in children, and your child’s self-esteem
  • This study is funded by a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • This program is being conducted by researchers in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health Professions

Why this study is important:sleeping child

  • Research shows that good sleep is important for children’s mood, learning, and health
  • Sleep may be especially important for maintaining a healthy weight in children
  • Children who are overweight may be at risk for sleep problems
  • Poor sleep may influence how hungry children feel and how physically active they are
  • The National Sleep Foundation recommends that school-aged children sleep 10-11 hours every night
  • Data from our sleep clinic shows that only 10% of a sample of overweight children sleep more than 8 hours per night
  • Improving sleep may be one way to improve health, mood, and weight status among overweight children