Sleep patterns, attention span, and infant temperament

Marc Weissbluth*, Kiang Liu

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Infant temperament ratings and parental reports of sleep patterns and sleep durations were obtained on 105 normal infants. Boys with more difficult temperaments and active sleep patterns had brief attention spans compared to the other children (p = 0.005). Among all infants, an active sleep pattern was associated with maleness and increased activity ratings when awake (both p < 0.05). Infants with easy temperaments slept longer than those with difficult temperaments (14.9 ± 0.2 versus 1 2.8 ± 0.5 hours, p < 0.001). Gender, maternal prenatal smoking, method of feeding, and infant sleep position did not affect attention span ratings or sleep durations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-36
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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