Lack of Sleep on Behavior

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The media article I chose for this assignment is, Does lack of sleep affect a child’s behavior written by Miller, Renee. The article discusses the different factors that can influence a child’s various behaviors such as aggression, moodiness, and lack of focus. The author wants the reader to know that lack of sleep in children is released in different forms of behaviors that may be represented as changes in mood and energy level. She hypothesizes that children are affected by lack of sleep just as adults are, however the difference is in how it is carried. A tired adult may look sleepy and yet drag along the day where a child represents this fatigue by bursts of energy. When a child appears to have a burst of energy, it may be a sign of lack of sleep and which may be misdiagnosed as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (MedlinePlus, National Institute of Health) The symptoms a child poses from lack of sleep are quite similar to those of ADHD symptoms such as becoming disagreeable, excitable, hyperactive and engaging in extreme behaviors like tantrums or aggression. (Miller, R.) As an EA, I believe keeping an eye out on these signs are very important to grow in my profession, and not to confuse a child’s lack of focus due to lack of sleep for a learning disability. The author suggests that they are correlated in that lack of sleep will cause a child to have a lack of focus and thus their ability to learn will be affected. I found it interesting that the behavior in which the children represent such as having emotional outbursts or talking excessively is their way of trying to stimulate their brain to regain their focus. (Boyse, Kyla. Sleep Problems, University of Michigan) The research that is mentioned in the media article supports the authors hypothesis and is…...

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