S11: Sleep spindles and neurocognition in children

S11: Sleep spindles and neurocognition in children
Sunday, April 29 | 9:00am-10:30am | Room Bordeaux

Chairs: Oliviero Bruni (Italy), Pablo E. Brockmann (Chile)

Sleep spindle development during childhood
Kerstin Hoedlmoser (Austria)

Sleep spindles and neurocognition
Pablo E. Brockmann (Chile)

Sleep microarchitecture in children with disabilities
Oliviero Bruni (Italy)

Memory and sleep: Role of spindles
Kurt Lushington (Australia)


Summary of symposium:
Sleep fragmentation-related events have shown to be associated with end-organ damages, especially with neurocognitive consequences in children. Spindle identification arises as one interesting marker of this association, because spindles have shown to be linked with several neurocognitive domains. Spindles have been associated with specific learning problems and memory in children. Studies have shown that higher spindle density predicted better performance on verbal learning, visual attention and verbal fluency. Also, spindle frequency seems to predict cognitive performance in healthy children. However, the effect of spindles on neurocognitive performance in children is highly unexplored, especially in those suffering from milder forms of obstructive sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. The present symposium aims to analyze existing evidence supporting the importance of sleep spindles in children and their association with neurocognition.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this CME activity, participants should be able to:
1 Acquire knowledge on development of sleep spindles
2 Recognize the importance of spindles for sleep and neurocognition
3 Identify microstructural sleep phenotypes of neurodevelopmental disabilities
4 Understand the role of spindles for memory consolidation

Target Audience:
Sleep specialists, pediatricians, pediatric neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist