Effects of COVID-19 home confinement on sleep in children: A systematic review

Sleep Med Rev. 2022 Apr:62:101596. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2022.101596. Epub 2022 Feb 3.


Our main aim was to examine the evidence of the effects of coronavirus disease confinement on the sleep of children aged 12 years and younger. A systematic review was conducted following the recommendations for Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. MEDLINE, Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Excerpta Medica Database, Psychological Information Database, and Web Of Science were systematically searched between the period of January 2020 and March 2021. The quality assessment was analysed with the Newcastle-Ottawa quality assessment scale and the National Institutes of Health quality assessment tool for observational cohort and cross-sectional studies. The appraisal tool for cross-sectional studies was applied to cross-sectional studies and each longitudinal study was assessed with the critical appraisal skills programme. Data analysis was carried out through a narrative review. Eight studies were included in the review. Seven studies reported changes in sleep routines and five studies focused on sleep disturbances during confinement. The most important findings were a longer duration of sleep time, an increase in sleep latency, and daytime sleepiness. Whether or not the adverse changes to sleep patterns and bedtime routines seen during the home confinement period have any long-term consequences for children's sleep and daytime functioning remains unknown.

Keywords: Children; Infant; Sleep; Sleep disturbances; Systematic review.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Sleep
  • Sleep Wake Disorders*
  • United States