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Available Expert - How COVID-19 is affecting children’s sleep patterns

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Queen’s expert Dr. Tess Clifford is available to comment on a new survey by the Millpond sleep clinic in London, England, which finds the coronavirus crisis is having a significant impact on children’s sleep. The study points to anxiety and lack of routine as some of the main reasons for the disruption.  

“The pandemic has had wide-reaching effects on the well-being of children and families. With shifting routines required to support the demands on parents, reduced opportunity for social, energy burning, outdoor play, and declining mental health it is not surprising that we are seeing changes in children’s sleep, which will have a reciprocal effect on well-being” says Tess Clifford, Director of The Psychology Clinic at Queen’s Department of Psychology.  “Our work, through the Brief Telepsychology Service at The Psychology Clinic at Queen’s, is focused on supporting children, adolescents, and adults in developing new coping skills via short-term virtual therapy.”  

A newly published paper from the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry that suggests the potential for sleep problems to emerge or worsen during and following the pandemic is high. 

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