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Bullying causes nightmares says uni professor.

BULLYING causes nightmares and sleep walking according to research at Warwick University.

Children who are bullied between the ages of eight and 10 are more likely to suffer from sleep walking, night terrors or nightmares by the time they are 12-years-olds.

Those are the findings of Professor Dieter Wolke and Dr Suzet Tanya Lereya from Warwick University in Gibbet Hill Road, Gibbet Hill, Coventry. They talked to children aged eight to 10 and again aged 10 to 12.

Their work is published in Pediatrics, journal of the American Pediatric Association.

Professor Wolke, from Warwick Medical School and the Department of Psychology, said: "We found children who were bullied at age eight or 10 years were more likely to have nightmares, night terrors, or sleepwalking by the age of 12 years.

"Moreover, those who were bullied and bullied others (bully/victims) were most likely to have any parasomnia.

"Consistent with previous studies, being a female, having persistent sleep problems, and emotional and behaviour problems in childhood additionally increased the risk for parasomnias at age 12 years." The authors say that if a child in the age group is having lots of nightmares or doing a lot of sleep walking their parents and doctor should consider bullying as a possible cause.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 15, 2014
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