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J Genet Psychol. 1994 Jun;155(2):191-9.

Parents' and children's ratings of sleep behavior, excitement, and tiredness: a 10-week longitudinal study.

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Department of Psychology, University of New Brunswick, Canada.


In a 10-week longitudinal study, 29 parents and their children kept daily records of the children's sleep behaviors, excitement levels, and tiredness levels. Although the hypothesized increase in sleep behaviors such as sleepwalking and restlessness during the week of Christmas did not occur, children rated as more excitable by their parents and themselves exhibited a higher frequency of sleep behaviors. Positive associations were also found between averaged tiredness ratings and sleep scores. The results support previous findings of an association between arousal characteristics of children and their sleep behavior. Moderate validity coefficients were obtained for parents' and children's ratings of excitement, tiredness, and nocturnal waking.

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