Learning, memory, and sleep in children

Rebecca L. Gomez, Katharine C. Newman-Smith, Jennifer H. Breslin, Richard R. Bootzin

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This article reviews research on the effects of sleep quality on cognitive outcomes in infancy, childhood, and adolescence; the effects of sleep restriction on cognitive measures in children; and experimental studies investigating differences in memory consolidation in sleep and wake states after learning in infant, child, and adolescent populations. The studies point to an essential role for sleep in cognitive development, with many similarities between the effects of sleep on learning in children and adults and some surprising differences. Achieving adequate sleep may be particularly important to higher level cognitive functioning in early childhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-57
Number of pages13
JournalSleep Medicine Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Cognitive outcomes
  • Infants
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • School achievement
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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