To sleep, perchance to enrich learning?
- 1Division of Clinical Neurosciences, School of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK
- 2Developmental Brain-Behaviour Unit, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK
- 3Developmental Neurocognition Laboratory, Birkbeck College, London, UK
- Correspondence to:
Dr Catherine M Hill
Paediatric Neuroscience, Mail Point 803, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK;
- Accepted 8 January 2007
There is evidence that sleep enhances memory and learning. Childhood is a critical period for neurodevelopment, and minor but persistent disruption of sleep may have long-term implications for cognitive performance. Sleep is critical for health and is undervalued both in our 24 h society and in paediatric clinical practice. Paediatricians need to understand the neurodevelopmental consequences of poor quality sleep in children.
Competing interests: None.