Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
Print version ISSN 0004-282X
REIMAO, RUBENS; SOUZA, JOSÉ CARLOS ROSA PIRES DE; MEDEIROS, MARIZÉLIA MAZZINI and ALMIRAO, RAQUEL ICASSATI. Sleep habits in native Brazilian Terena children in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 1998, vol.56, n.4, pp. 703-707. ISSN 0004-282X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-282X1998000500001.
Sleep habits in childhood vary in function of physiologcal factors.Cultural traits also influence sleep habits. This research evaluates sleep habits of Native Brazilian Terena children. The Terena group here studied live in the central region of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, on the plains; they are peaceful and dedicated mainly to agriculture. Two villages were studied, Tereré and Córrego do Meio, both in Reservations. Sleep characteristics of 67 children (40M;27F), 2 to 10 year olds, were evaluated in interviews with their mothers. The results evidenced that cosleeping, in the same bed with family members is the standard Terena pattern present in every evaluated child. The presence of two or more beds and a mean of five or more people in each bedroom was the typical finding. The authors propose that cosleeping and the presence of numerous family members reflect the high values attributed to family links in the Terena culture.
Keywords : sleep; sleep habits; child; native; indian; Terena; cosleeping; Mato Grosso do Sul - Brazil.