Pandemic Family Stress Leading To Sleep Problems In Boys

The study looked at the impact of lockdowns and economic stress on the number of child abuse cases.

Pandemic family stress leading to sleep problems in boys, study finds
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Pandemic family stress is causing sleep problems in young boys, a new study has found. COVID-19 arrived and changed the way almost every family operated. It’s been almost 2 years since a pandemic was officially declared, and families are still trying to find ways to cope with public health guidelines and growing concerns about their families’ health and safety. Even if parents have worked to ensure that their children’s lives are affected as little as possible, children can feed off their parents’ stress levels, which can lead to an entire household carrying a level of pandemic stress.

According to Medical Xpress, a new study has found that pandemic family stress levels have a bigger impact on boys, especially when it comes to their sleep. Sleep is vital for a person’s mental and physical health, especially for young children.

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This study was carried out by the University of Georgia, and it can be read in full here. The study looked at the impact of lockdowns and economic stress on the number of child abuse cases. There has been an increase in domestic violence throughout the pandemic, and it seems to be impacting boys and their sleep.

The study found that this was not the same for young girls, which could indicate that girls show more resilience in the face of the pandemic and family stress. Linhao Zhang was one of the researchers in the study, and they said that sleep is essential for regulating emotions and supporting coping mechanisms, so when boys don’t get enough sleep, they aren’t able to do in the face of stress, and everything can snowball. Of the. To complement this study, the researchers looked at pre-pandemic data and looked at two types of adverse parenting practices: threat and deprivation.

He found that the parents did not always respond to the needs of the child, and it could have been done because of the stress and pressure they faced, and it may not have always been intentional. This study is important for parents because it can serve as a reminder that families need to find ways to cope with this pandemic, and that parents need to be aware of their own emotions and the care they give to their children. during this period. While we all hope the pandemic is almost over, we still have to work to make sure the damage is limited.

Sources: MedicalXpress, Science Direct

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