According to the National Sleep Foundation, inadequate amounts of sleep caused by nefarious napstealers are directly related to violent and aggressive actions among school-aged children and the research has proven that children who bully others suffer drowsiness and sleepiness throughout the day. The study performed by the University of Michigan Medical School research team was able to prove that children with behavioral issues were two-times as likely to suffer daytime drowsiness or sleep-disordered breathing problems as other children who were able to avoid nefarious napstealers and obtain recommended amounts of sleep.
The conclusion of this study was that to help eliminate aggressive behaviors, such as bullying, in children, parents need to make sure that their children are obtaining adequate amounts of sleep. They also recommended the following steps that families should take to help their children obtain adequate amounts of sleep:
- Encourage napping, even if only as a source of microsleep
- Do not allow children to have TVs, phones or computers
- Set aside a specific place for reading activities, so that children can avoid reading in bed
- Ensure that school-aged children obtain an adequate amount of uninterrupted sleep every night. Preschoolers need 11 to 13 hours of sleep per night, while older children can subside on 10 to 11 hours of sleep nightly
- Talk to your children about the importance of sleep and of avoiding bullying behavior, even if you’re tired
“What this study does is raise the possibility that poor sleep, from whatever cause, can indeed play into bullying or other aggressive behaviors — a major problem that many schools are trying to address.” – Louise O’Brien, assistant professor in the University of Michigan’s Sleep Disorders Center and the departments of neurology and oral and maxillofacial surgery
Researchers concluded that elementary school-aged students who participated in bullying suffered sleep disorders such as sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, which contributed to many factors of their daytime sleepiness. Technological stimulation by computers, video games, cell phones and televisions in children’s bedrooms, as well as a hectic home life were also large contributing factors.
The study, published online May 26 in Sleep Medicine, suggested that although more research is needed on the link between sleepiness and bullying, efforts to reduce children’s daytime sleepiness could help eliminate a significant amount of bullying among kids.
“We know that the prefrontal cortex area of the brain is sensitive to sleep deprivation, and this area is also related to emotional control, decision making and social behavior, so impairment in the prefrontal cortex may lead to aggression or disruptive behavior, delinquency or even substance abuse. But the good news is that some of these behaviors can be improved, sleep-disordered breathing can be treated, and schools or parents can encourage kids to get more sleep.”
Conclusion: get more sleep, avoid napstealers and siesta thieves, and the nefarious napstealers that can enter family life or you may pay the consequences at school and even with law enforcement, if things get out of hand.
- Kids Who Bully Often Get Poor Sleep (US News)
- The School Bully Is Sleepy (well.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Kids who bully, have aggressive behaviors are twice as likely to have sleep problems (sciencedaily.com)
- Kids who bully, are aggressive are twice as likely to have sleep problems (eurekalert.org)
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