Sleep and Emotions in Youth

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Why we study Sleep?

We sleep for more than 1/3 of our lives, yet why we sleep remains somewhat of a mystery. Increasingly, scientific studies show that sleep plays an important role in brain development and emotional health.

Poor sleep health, for example, is present in most disorders of emotion (depression, anxiety, ADHD) and often precedes the onset of these disorders. The transition from childhood to adolescence is a critical time for understanding more about exactly why and how sleep leads to problems with emotional health because it is a time when biological and social changes make it hard to get sufficient, high-quality sleep, and disorders of emotion rise dramatically and put youth at risk for functional impairments, self harm, and suicide.

REMEDY aims to learn more about how and why sleep impacts emotional health across late childhood and adolescence. We hope this work will lead to interventions that optimize brain functions during sleep to improve emotional health and development in youth.

Want to participate in our research?

The EMU study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (R01MH116005) and specifically looks at how emotional experiences are processed and stored in the brain during sleep, and how this might differ among youth who experience low or high symptoms of anxiety.

The EMU study is actively recruiting youth, ages 10-13. Eligible youth have the opportunity to earn up to $200 while contributing to science.

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Center for Children and Families
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC4 458
MIami, FL 33199