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To sleep, perchance to enrich learning?
  1. Catherine M Hill1,
  2. Alexandra M Hogan2,
  3. Annette Karmiloff-Smith3
  1. 1Division of Clinical Neurosciences, School of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK
  2. 2Developmental Brain-Behaviour Unit, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK
  3. 3Developmental Neurocognition Laboratory, Birkbeck College, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Catherine M Hill
    Paediatric Neuroscience, Mail Point 803, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK; cmh2{at}


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.

  • sleep
  • memory
  • learning
  • sleep disordered breathing

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