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Sleep problems in young children linked to lower QOL in later years

Key clinical point: Sleep problems in children from birth to middle childhood may lead to negative well-being later in childhood.

Major finding: Teachers reported moderate internalizing (effect size, –0.65;) and externalizing concerns (ES, –0.40; 95% CI, –0.58 to –0.21; P less than .001) in children with sleep problems, compared to those without.

Study details: An analysis of sleep problems and impairment in 5,107 children from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children – Birth Cohort.

Disclosures: This study was funded by the Australian federal government. The authors report no conflicts of interest. Dr. Seay reports no conflicts of interest.


Williamson AA et al. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2020 Jul 26. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.13303.