Sleep problems affect children's reading ability: Study

According to new research, it has been observed that sleep problems may affect children's reading ability.
Children whose parents reported increased sleep-disordered breathing, daytime sleepiness, and a short time for children to fall asleep had poorer performance on reading tasks for both words and nonwords.(Pexels)
Children whose parents reported increased sleep-disordered breathing, daytime sleepiness, and a short time for children to fall asleep had poorer performance on reading tasks for both words and nonwords.(Pexels)
Published on Nov 07, 2021 12:38 PM IST
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According to new research, it has been observed that sleep problems may affect children's reading ability.

In the study published in the British Journal of Educational Psychology that included 339 children aged four to 14 years, parents were asked to complete questionnaires about their children's sleep, while the children completed a test of word reading efficiency.

Children whose parents reported increased sleep-disordered breathing, daytime sleepiness, and a short time for children to fall asleep (which is generally associated with increased tiredness) had poorer performance on reading tasks for both words and nonwords.

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"Being a good reader is a strong predictor of academic success and improved life outcomes, so we recommend screening children with sleep problems for reading difficulties, and children with reading difficulties for sleep problems," said corresponding author Anna Joyce, PhD, MSc, of Regent's University London.

Anna added, "Screening and treating sleep and literacy difficulties at a young age could help to improve life outcomes for all children." 

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