‘World Sleep Day’ has been around for 13 years now, which is a way of generating concern among all human beings about the necessity of sleep and about the growing number of people suffering from some sort of sleep disorder. The World Sleep Society is entitled to organizing an annual event every year on a Friday, after the Spring Vernal Equinox to discuss the prevention and management of all types of sleep disorders.
Sleeping is one of the utmost important things for a healthy lifestyle, thus the awareness of sleep disorders needs better understanding and acknowledgment. Sleep deprivation often leads to poor decision-making skills, bad cognitive understanding, emotional disturbance.
A new study also has some vital reasons to believe, infants having a sleep disorder can go on to developing childhood anxiety and emotional disorders later while growing up. The research also digs seep stating, during the first 12 months of birth, persistent sleep difficulties may later develop mental health issues.
Sleeping difficulties are a few of the reasons behind deteriorating mental health among children. The number of children aging between 0-12 months affected by different sleep disorders, such a, waking up at night or trouble falling asleep without parental presence, is currently 19%.
The research though states the development of mental health issues among children who have sleeping difficulties as infants, but does not shed light on the fact if the mental disorders also affect them in older childhood.
Taking data from a study based in Australia of 1507 new mothers and their children, closely tracking their health to explain their findings. The information was collected based on the descriptions provided by the mother, addressing the questionnaire, describing the infants sleeping patterns during the first 12 months, and their mental health at the age of 4 and 10.
The final analysis derived from 1460 mother-infant duos, shows 25%, 1 in 4 infants did not show any sleeping disorders; a whopping 56%, over half of the infants showed a moderate amount of sleeping problems; while 19.5%, 1 in 5 infants, had severe and persistent sleeping difficulties.
This analysis further leads on to infants having severe sleeping problems, being more prone toward developing emotional problems more easily than the children whose sleep patterns are settled, by the age of 4. These kids are further expected to go through a diagnosis of some sort of emotional disorder by the age of 10.
Sleep disorders include social phobia; specific phobia; agoraphobia; separation anxiety; generalized anxiety; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); post-traumatic stress; panic disorder; depression and even bipolar disorder. Separation anxiety is the most common by the age of 10 among infants with severe sleep disorders.
The research does require a wider study from all places around the world, but monitoring children sleeping patterns and also monitoring children that have an early record of sleep disorder is advised by researchers.
In 2020, 13th World Sleep Day is celebrated on the 13th of March, Friday, with the theme ‘Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet’ to spread awareness and help the ones in need.