AIMS: The aim of the study was to evaluate the possible changes in sleep behavior and nutrition in children during the pandemic period .
METHODS: One hundred fourteen parents who accepted to participate in the study aged 18 and over and who had children between the ages of 6 and 16 were included in the study . A questionnaire was carried out after written consents were obtained . In the first part of the questionnaire, there were a total of 9 questions including socio-demographic information and nutritional characteristics, and the second part included the``Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children"( SDSC). The data were analyzed with the SPSS 20 statistical program .
RESULTS: The total number of participants was 114 parents; 64 (56 %) of the children were girls and 50 (43.9 %) were boys . Among the participants, the number of children who had COVID-19 was 38 (33.3 %). There was no statistically significant relationship between going through COVID-19 status and the variables examined in general . The proportion of participants who stated that if the pandemic period was prolonged, COVID-19 would not change their diet was found to be statistically significant (P = .038). The SDSC score was found to be significantly high in girls (P <.05).
CONCLUSION: Sleep and nutritional disorders affect the quality of life for all ages for both genders, and their importance increases even more in extraordinary periods such as pandemic . Sleep problems increasing especially with an accompanying anxiety state may lead to developmental problems as well as deepening psychological disorders.