This meta-analysis examined the effect experimental sleep restriction has on youth's attention and hyperactivity outcomes.
Thirteen published studies containing 17 independent samples were included (N = 496).
Random- and fixed-effects models were used to estimate pooled effect sizes and moderator effects, respectively.
Results indicate that sleep-restricted youth had significantly worse attention outcomes than youth with extended sleep, but no differences were evident regarding hyperactivity. Significant moderators of this effect included age and sex.
These results have important implications for both the prevention and treatment of attention problems, highlighting the need for health professionals to screen for and treat underlying sleep issues.
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