Relations between toddler sleep characteristics, sleep problems, and temperament

Victoria J. Molfese, Kathleen M. Rudasill, Amanda Prokasky, Carly Champagne, Molly Holmes, Dennis L. Molfese, John E. Bates

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Two sources of information (parent-reported sleep diaries and actigraph records) were used to investigate how toddler sleep characteristics (bed time/sleep onset, wake time/sleep offset, total nighttime sleep, and total sleep time) are related to sleep problems and temperament. There were 64 toddler participants in the study. Consistent with studies of older children, parent reports differed from actigraph-based records. The findings that parent-reported and actigraph-recorded sleep characteristics varied as a function of parent report of toddler sleep problems and temperament add needed information on toddler sleep. Such information may contribute to improving parents awareness of their childs sleep characteristics and correlates of problem sleep.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-154
Number of pages17
JournalDevelopmental Neuropsychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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