Further studies have recently investigated the prevalence of sleep deprivation among youth, as well as the usefulness of existing sleep interventions to address this issue.
Matricciani, L., Olds, T., & Petkov, J. (2012). In search of lost sleep: secular trends in the sleep time of school-aged children and adolescents. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 16, 203-11.
In a recent article by Matricciani, Olds, and Petkov (2012), literature reporting on the sleep duration of children and adolescents (5-18 years) between the years 1905 and 2008 was systematically reviewed. Based on data from 690, 747 children from 20 countries, the authors conclude that there has been a steady and rapid decline in sleep duration among youth over the last 103 years.
Garrison, M. M., & Christakis, D. A. (2012). The impact of a healthy media use intervention on sleep in preschool children, Pediatrics, 130, 492-9.
Garrison and Christakis (2012) recently conducted a randomized control trial of a healthy media use intervention which encouraged families (of healthy 3- 5 year olds) to substitute violent or inappropriate media content with higher quality, educational content in order to reduce children’s sleep problems. The healthy media use intervention was found to have significant effects on children’s sleep problems, supporting the contention that relationships between media use and sleep problems are causal in nature.
Blunden, S. L., Chapman, J., & Rigney, G. A. (2012). Are sleep education programs successful? The case for improved and consistent research efforts. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 16, 355-370.
Blunden, Chapman, and Rigney (2012) present and evaluate the effectiveness of existing sleep education programs based on their review of 8 studies and 4 pilot studies. A general finding was that children’s level of sleep knowledge increased with exposure to most programs; however, changes in sleep duration or sleep hygiene were not necessarily found. The authors propose and discuss potential reasons for such findings, including individual variables (e.g., motivation and readiness to change), program variables (e.g., delivery, content of program) and methodological underpinnings.
Gruber, R., Cassoff, J., & Knauper, B. (2011). Sleep health education in pediatric community settings: Rationale and practical suggestions for incorporating healthy sleep education in pediatric practice. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 58, 735-754.
This recent paper by Gruber, Cassoff, and Knauper (2011) offers practical suggestions for the incorporation of sleep education into pediatric practice. More specifically, the rationale, and beneficial features of healthy sleep education in pediatric practice is presented. In addition, key questions, and potential barriers associated with such efforts, as well as strategies to overcome such barriers, are discussed.