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Sleep Med Rev. 2019 Feb;43:60-70. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2018.09.007. Epub 2018 Nov 12.

What are the determinants of children's sleep behavior? A systematic review of longitudinal studies.

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1
Amsterdam UMC, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Department of Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, Van der Boechorststraat 7, NL-1081 BT, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Department of Epidemiology & Health Promotion, Section Youth, Municipal Health Service Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Electronic address: l.belmon@vumc.nl.
2
Faculty of Science and Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, Department of Health Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Electronic address: maartje.van.stralen@vu.nl.
3
Department of Epidemiology & Health Promotion, Section Youth, Municipal Health Service Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
4
Amsterdam UMC, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Department of Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, Van der Boechorststraat 7, NL-1081 BT, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Abstract

To develop evidence-based healthy sleep interventions for children, this review provides insight into the behavioral determinants of sleep behavior. Hence, the objective of this review is to systematically review the longitudinal evidence on determinants of children's sleep behavior. Studies were identified from searches in PubMed, PsycINFO, and Web of Science, until January 2017. Longitudinal studies investigating the association between potential determinants and sleep behavior (duration, quality and timing) in healthy children aged 4-12 years were included. The methodological quality was scored and the results were summarized using a best-evidence synthesis. We followed the PRISMA statement guidelines in order to summarize the evidence accurately and reliably. Twelve of the 45 included studies were rated as 'high quality'. We found strong evidence for child age and moderate evidence for screen time, past sleep behavior, and a difficult temperament as determinant of sleep duration. For determinants of sleep quality, evidence was either insufficient or inconsistent. We found moderate evidence for week schedule as a determinant of sleep timing, with later bed- and wake times in weekends. More high quality studies, which are extensive, collaborative, and multidisciplinary, are needed into the determinants of all dimensions of sleep behavior.

KEYWORDS:

Childhood; Children; Correlates; Determinants; Sleep; Sleep duration; Sleep quality; Sleep timing

PMID:
30529431
DOI:
10.1016/j.smrv.2018.09.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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