A recent study related to the relationship between sleep disturbances in the first years of a child's life, an increase in the likelihood of many mental and mental illnesses, and the emergence of symptoms early in the adolescence period. The study indicated that these possibilities increase whenever the problems started at a young age, starting at the age of three, and perhaps long before it.


The results showed a correlation between lack of sleep in children who used to wake up during the night, starting at the age of 6 months, then 18 months, and an increased likelihood of mental illness in adulthood, which confirms previous theories about the role of insomnia in increasing the incidence of mental illness.


The scientists explained that waking up from sleep at this age stage is most likely due to nightmares, and despite the already existing link between nightmares and the increased likelihood of mental illnesses in the future, the matter is not limited to nightmares only, and it is related to the quality and quantity of sleep itself, and whenever they are The hours are enough to sleep the better for mental health.


Insomnia Factors


Scientists have pointed out the possibility that hormones in adolescence and chemical connections in the brain play a role in mental illness. But also sleep remains a very important factor in maintaining the nerve and chemical connections in the brain without defect, and it helps to develop normally in children, and the acquisition of various skills through the maturation of the perception centers in the brain.


This makes insomnia a risk factor for various mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression, but extends to include behavioral diseases such as attention deficit and hyperactivity, especially if the problems in the sleep model occur before the first year of the child's life.


Scientists have taken into consideration many factors that may cause psychological problems in isolation from the quality of sleep, such as the poor treatment of the child at home or school, or bullying, or environmental factors such as the presence in areas of conflicts or wars. The researchers also explained that lack of sleep has a special importance in childhood than in other stages of life, as it is the period in which the completion of nerve development in the brain, and therefore the imbalance in sleep that occurs at this stage will be reflected in the future on the psychological state of the teenager, and in most cases, this Age has its own sleep pattern.


The study warned that lack of sleep is increasing as a phenomenon in children for many reasons. The most important of these are the long and stressful school day, delayed bedtime, as well as the increased time spent in front of screens, whether cell phones or tablets, especially in late childhood and early adolescence.


Parents should monitor the sleep pattern of their young children, and resort to medical centers specialized in sleep medicine if there is a real disorder, as most young children can suffer from some insomnia, and go to bed late naturally. As for the pathological form, it appears when it is repeated at least 3 times a week, and continues this way for up to 3 months until the diagnosis can be made. Parents must set a specific sleep regime and go to bed at a certain time every day, while preventing viewing of screens well before bedtime in order to avoid their children’s psychological problems later.