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What are the signs of sleep deprivation in children?

Common symptoms are excessive tiredness, a tendency to fall asleep during the day and sleep-related injuries (such as those that result from dozing off while driving). Other obvious signs include crankiness or being short-fused.

Parents sometimes don’t make the connection between sleep problems and schoolwork. A tired child might have trouble focusing or paying attention at school, which can lead to lower grades.

If parents think that their child might have a sleeping problem, physicians have many diagnoses to consider. Medications, anxiety, airway problems, restless leg syndrome, bed-wetting reasons -- the list goes on. It’s important to understand the pattern of problems because that affects treatment.
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