There appears to be a link in between the sleeping patterns of infants and behavioral problems in early childhood. When children reach a certain age, they are supposed to be able to soothe themselves to an extent and regulate their own moods, but when they have poor sleep quality as infants, this part of development is hindered. Babies who sleep for shorter periods of time are shown to be at an increased risk of behavior problems, whether it is due to genetic or environmental factors.
- A study has shown a clear link between poor sleep quality in early infancy and emotional problems in childhood.
- The study used a large cohort from Finland through their first two years of life.
- Sleeping difficulties among infants may be due to both genetic and environmental factors.
“Disrupted and poor quality sleep in the earliest months of a child’s life can be an indicator of depression, anxiety and behavioural problems among toddlers”