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    Habitual night waking associates with dynamics of waking cortical theta power in infancy

    Gosse, L. and Wiesemann, F. and Elwell, C. and Jones, Emily J.H. (2022) Habitual night waking associates with dynamics of waking cortical theta power in infancy. Developmental Psychobiology 64 (8), e22344. ISSN 0012-1630.

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    The implications of the substantial individual differences in infant sleep for early brain development remains unclear. Here, we examined whether night sleep quality relates to daytime brain activity, operationalised through measures of EEG theta power and its dynamic modulation, which have been previously linked to later cognitive development (Braithwaite et al., 2020, Jones et al., 2020). For this longitudinal study 76 typically developing infants were studied (age: 4-14 months, 166 individual study visits) over the course of 6 months with 1, 2, 3, or 4 lab visits. Habitual sleep was measured with a 7-day sleep diary and actigraphy, and the BISQ. 20-channel EEG was recorded while infants watched multiple rounds of videos of women singing nursery rhymes; oscillatory power in the theta band was extracted. Key metrics were average theta across stimuli, and the slope of change in theta within the first novel movie. Both objective and subjective sleep assessment methods showed a relationship between more night waking, and higher overall theta power and reduced dynamic modulation of theta over the course of the novel video stimuli. These results may indicate altered learning and consolidation in infants with more disrupted night sleep, which may have implications for cognitive development.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Infant, night waking, EEG, theta power, theta power change, actigraphy
    School: Other
    Divisions > Other
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Emily Jones
    Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2023 06:29
    Last Modified: 09 Jan 2023 06:51


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