A one-hour sleep restriction impacts brain processing in young children across tasks: Evidence from event-related potentials

Dennis L Molfese, Anna Ivanenko, Alexandra Fonaryova Key, Adrienne Roman, Victoria J Molfese, Louise M. O'Brien, David Gozal, Srinivas Kota, Caitlin M. Hudac

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The effect of mild sleep restriction on cognitive functioning in young children is unclear, yet sleep loss may impact children's abilities to attend to tasks with high processing demands. In a preliminary investigation, six children (6.6-8.3 years of age) with normal sleep patterns performed three tasks: attention ("Oddball"), speech perception (consonant-vowel syllables), and executive function (Directional Stroop). Event-related potentials (ERPs) responses were recorded before (Control) and following 1 week of 1-hour per day of sleep restriction. Brain activity across all tasks following Sleep Restriction differed from activity during Control Sleep, indicating that minor sleep restriction impacts children's neurocognitive functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-336
Number of pages20
JournalDevelopmental Neuropsychology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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