AUBURN – A study conducted at Auburn University looked at the ties between children’s sleep and their emotional development, and found that poor children fared worse from sleep disruptions than their peers. The study, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, appears in the May/June 2010 issue of the journal Child Development.
In the study, led by Mona El-Sheikh, Alumni Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Sciences, the researchers looked at how disruptions in the amount, quality and schedule of sleep affect children’s adjustment. They examined more than 140 children in third to fifth grades, of whom three-quarters were white and almost a quarter were African American. Families varied widely in terms of annual income and parents’ education and jobs.