The association between sleep and dual-task costs in preterm and full-term children: An exploratory study

Möhring, Wenke and Urfer-Maurer, Natalie and Brand, Serge and Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith and Weber, Peter and Grob, Alexander and Lemola, Sakari. (2018) The association between sleep and dual-task costs in preterm and full-term children: An exploratory study. Sleep medicine. pp. 1-33.

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Objectives: The present study explored associations between sleep and children's dual-task performance using cognitive-motor dual tasks (e.g., walking and talking). Previous research with older adults indicated correlations between higher gait variability and unfavorable sleep continuity variables. Based on this research, as a first aim, we investigated similar correlations in a sample of children. Second, we explored correlations between dual-task performance and dimensions of sleep architecture. Third, we tested moderating effects of prematurity on these associations. Methods: Seven- to 12-year-old children were tested within dual-task situations; of those, 39 were formerly very preterm and 59 were full-term born children. They were asked to simultaneously walk and perform different cognitive tasks. Gait was measured using an electronic walkway system. Sleep was measured using in-home sleep-electroencephalography. Results: After accounting for age and cognition, regression analyses revealed correlations between a higher number of awakenings after sleep onset and lower dual-task performance. With respect to sleep architecture, analyses yielded correlations between a higher amount of rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep and lower gait variability. Furthermore, associations between a higher amount of slow wave sleep (SWS) and children's higher cognitive performance were found. Moderation analyses indicated no effects of prematurity. Conclusions: Our exploratory study suggests that a more disrupted sleep was related to children's poorer dual-task performance. Importantly, our findings support claims that REM sleep seems more related to performance in procedural tasks whereas SWS seems more related to performance in declarative tasks, indicating that different sleep stages may support the processing of different performance types.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Persönlichkeits- und Entwicklungspsychologie > Entwicklungs- und Persönlichkeitspsychologie (Grob)
UniBasel Contributors:Möhring, Wenke
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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