More Sleep Means Smarter Children

General May 30, 2010

Children working with el Sheikh's lab wear a device called an Actigraph for seven nights to track their sleep patterns. Click on the image above to view an NSF video about El-Sheikh's work.

Children need more sleep. You probably know that. But what Auburn researcher Mona El-Sheikh wants you to know is that even a little bit more can have a major effect on a child’s well being. El-Sheikh discovered that even 1 hour less sleep per day impairs a child’s cognitive functions, academic performance and emotional behavior, and may result in depression and obesity.

She’s received a 3 million dollar grant to study sleep deprivation in children – something that around 1 in 3 kids suffer from.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Mona El-Sheikh

Mona El-Sheikh, Ph.D., is an Alumni Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University. Her ongoing research, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) focuses on associations among family risk, psychophysiological regulation, sleep, and child outcomes in psychological adjustment, physical health, cognitive functioning, and academic performance domains. A recognized feature of her research is its multi- and inter-disciplinary nature, and her research has received attention for building bridges across several disciplines concerned with child health including child development, developmental psychopathology, pediatric sleep medicine, and the study of multiple domains of biological and physiological regulation.

For more details about her research, please visit Dr. El-Sheikh’s Web site.

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