Universiteit Leiden

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Research project

Biorythm and brain dysfunction


Kristiaan van der Heijden

Healthy sleep is extremely important for adequate human functioning. Despite the high prevalence of sleep problems in children, little is known about its effects on neurocognition and the options for treatment. 

The current research projects focus on the impact of a reduction of sleep quantity and quality on neurocognitive functioning in children and, specifically, in particularly in children whose development is seriously challenged in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD or autism. Furthermore, short- and long term efficacy and safety of novel treatment options such as melatonin treatment or bright light therapy are investigated.

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