Being bullied in school may dramatically affect child’s sleep

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New Delhi: How do you know that your kid is being bullied at school – you may watch their sleep pattern, it may help you understand their changing behaviour.

A recent study suggests that bullying leaves long-lasting, depression-like sleep dysfunction effects on daily biological rhythms.

The findings in an animal model, showed that being bullied can have dramatic effects on sleep and other circadian rhythm-related functions — symptoms that are characteristic of clinical depression and other stress-induced mental illnesses in the long run.

“While our study found that some stress-related effects on circadian rhythms are short-lived, others are long-lasting,” said William Carlezon, from the McLean Hospital Massachusetts.

Stress is known to trigger psychiatric illnesses, including depression and PTSD, and sleep is frequently affected in these conditions.

Some people with stress disorders sleep less than normal, while others sleep more than normal or have more frequent bouts of sleep and wakefulness.