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Intake of stimulant foods is associated with development of parasomnias in children

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Title
Intake of stimulant foods is associated with development of parasomnias in children
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Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria, December 2015
DOI 10.1590/0004-282x20150193
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Fabiana Ruotolo, Lucila B. F. Prado, Vanessa R. Ferreira, Gilmar F. Prado, Luciane B. C. Carvalho

Abstract

Objective To verify if nighttime feeding habits can influence parasomnia in children. Method Seven private and four public Elementary Schools took part in the study. A total of 595 Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children were distributed to the parents of children aged from 7 to 8 years. Data of dietary recall, starting time to school, physical activity, and nutritional status were studied. Results Of the 226 questionnaires completed, 92 (41%) reported parasomnia. Girls had 2.3 times more the chance to parasomnia than boys. Children who consumed stimulant foods had 2.6 times more chance to have parasomnia than those of children who consumed non-stimulant foods. There were no difference between parasomnia and no-parasomnia groups in food type (p = 0.78) or timing of last meal before bedtime (p = 0.50). Conclusion Our findings suggest that intake of stimulant foods is associated with development of parasomnia in children.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 13 25%
Other 5 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 8%
Student > Postgraduate 4 8%
Researcher 3 6%
Other 9 17%
Unknown 14 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 13 25%
Medicine and Dentistry 5 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 8%
Social Sciences 4 8%
Sports and Recreations 3 6%
Other 8 15%
Unknown 15 29%