Journal article

Accelerometry-assessed sleep duration and timing in late childhood and adolescence in Scottish schoolchildren: A feasibility study

Laura M Lyall, Natasha Sangha, Cathy Wyse, Elaine Hindle, Dawn Haughton, Kate Campbell, Judith Brown, Laurence Moore, Sharon A Simpson, Joanna C Inchley, Daniel J Smith



Children and adolescents commonly suffer from sleep and circadian rhythm disturbances, which may contribute to poorer mental health and wellbeing during this critical developmental phase. Many studies however rely on self-reported sleep measures. This study assessed whether accelerometry data collection was feasible within the school setting as a method for investigating the extent of sleep and circadian disruption, and associations with subjective wellbeing, in Scotland. Fourteen days of wrist-worn accelerometry data were collected from 69 pupils, aged 10-14 years. Objective measures of sleep timing, sleep duration and circadian rest-activity patterns were derived. Questionnaires assessed s..

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Awarded by MRC Mental Health Data Pathfinder Award

Awarded by Lister Prize Fellowship

Awarded by MRC Strategic Award

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an MRC Mental Health Data Pathfinder Award (MC_PC_17217). DJS acknowledges the support of the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation (Independent Investigator Award 1930) and a Lister Prize Fellowship (173096). SS and JI were supported by an MRC Strategic Award (MC_UU_12017_14 & SPHSU14). LML is supported by a JMAS Sim Fellowship for depression research from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.