SESSION TITLE: Pediatric Posters
SESSION TYPE: Poster Presentations
PRESENTED ON: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 01:15 PM - 02:15 PM
PURPOSE: 15 millions Americans are affected by inadequate sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to poor grades, sleepiness and moodiness. We undertook a study to assess the prevalence of sleep habit disturbance among elementary school students in South Texas and the impact of sleep education on those children.
METHODS: After appropriate approval from the school district, baseline sleep data was collected from the elementary school children using Children’s Sleep Habit Questionnaire (CSHQ) prior to the viewing of an animated video on sleep education KNIGHTS (Keep Nurture and Inspire Good Habits in Teen Sleep) produced by IT’s Your Life Foundation (www.itsyourlifefoundation.org). Trained professionals also addressed any sleep related questions. A follow-up occurred for months later, and the children were offered the same CSHQ.
RESULTS: 263 children from two Elementary Schools participated in this educational program. At baseline 55.56% of the children had trouble sleeping, and on 4 month follow up it was 23.26% (p<0.05). In addition at baseline approximately 60-70% children had some baseline bedtime resistance, sleep anxiety, issues with sleep duration and night awakenings. On follow up, results showed significant improvement in overall sleep habit, bedtime resistance, sleep anxiety and night awakenings amongst children (p<0.05). No significant differences were seen in sleep duration and daytime sleepiness.
CONCLUSIONS: Sleep deprivation and good sleep habits remains a major challenge among elementary school children.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: An animated video for sleep education along with provider-based education may be an effective tool for educating elementary school students. Future prospective randomized studies are suggested.
DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Salim Surani, Sreevidya Rao, Amina Khimani, Sara Surani, Shyam Subramanian
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