A meta-analysis of the effect of experimental sleep restriction on youths attention and hyperactivity

Alyssa Lundahl, Katherine M. Kidwell, Tori R. Van Dyk, Timothy D. Nelson

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Abstract

This meta-analysis examined the effect experimental sleep restriction has on youths attention and hyperactivity outcomes. Thirteen published studies containing 17 independent samples were included (N = 496). Random-and fixed-effects models were used to estimate pooled effect sizes and moderator effects, respectively. Results indicate that sleep-restricted youth had significantly worse attention outcomes than youth with extended sleep, but no differences were evident regarding hyperactivity. Significant moderators of this effect included age and sex. These results have important implications for both the prevention and treatment of attention problems, highlighting the need for health professionals to screen for and treat underlying sleep issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-121
Number of pages18
JournalDevelopmental Neuropsychology
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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