Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) News

Study shows links between sleep and emotional regulation

Research from the University of Michigan in the United States, published during the summer, found that school bullies and aggressive pupils were much more likely to be the pupils who did not get enough sleep or who were suffering from sleep disorders.

It suggested that over-tired pupils did not have the "emotional regulation necessary to control aggression".

A previous study of seven and eight year olds in Finland found that the behaviour of sleep-deprived children had many similarities with the behaviour associated with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

It found that children who slept less than eight hours were the most likely to show this disruptive behaviour.

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