Improving learning and behaviour through sleep

Do you have a child between the ages of 5-11 years with a diagnosis of ADHD?

At the Institute of Education, we are looking at the links between disturbed sleep and difficulties with learning, attention and behaviour in child with ADHD. Lots of research now shows that children without ADHD who are deprived of sleep begin to display ADHD-like behaviours. On top of this, sleeping difficulties and sleep disorders are also commonly reported in ADHD. Therefore it seems sensible that insufficient sleep may be making learning and attention capacities more difficult for children with ADHD.

We have made every effort to make the study as fun for the children and informative for you as possible. It involves monitoring your child’s sleep for a week with an easy to use wristwatch-like device, as well as keeping a sleep diary. This will allow us to see, and let you know, whether your child is a good sleeper or whether they are suffering from any sleep problems. A researcher will also visit you at your home one evening before bed and one morning before school (or at school if this is more convenient) in order to speak to you, and to do some tasks with your child which look at sustained attention and sleep-related learning. All the tasks are presented as games, and the children usually really enjoy themselves!

In addition, we have links with Sleep Scotland, an organisation which has been rolled out across the UK in order to promote good sleep in young children. We will come equipped with lots of helpful advice on how to improve and regulate your child’s sleep and bedtime routine.
We believe this research is extremely important, because it has the potential to lead to non-invasive and cost-effective sleep-based interventions.

If you are interested in hearing more, or taking part in one of our studies please do not hesitate to contact me, Fran Knight ( by any means listed below.


Telephone: 0207 612 6934

Department of Psychology and Human Development,
Institute of Education,
25 Woburn Sq,

InterSTAARS Research Study

Do you have a baby under 14 months old? Does their parent or older sibling have hyperactive characteristics or diagnosed ADHD? A research study is being conducted to find out whether a new computer based training program can help to improve attention skills in babies.
The study involves 12 home visits and 4 visits to the Babylab in London. To take part in the home visits, families must live within 2 hours of London.
Travel expenses to the Babylab will be reimbursed and families will receive two £40 vouchers for their participation.

If you would like to know more, feel free to contact Amy at the Babylab on 0207 079 0761 or, she’ll be happy to tell you about the study in further detail.