Sleep-Related Problems in Childhood

Melisa Moore and Jodi A. Mindell

in The Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195376203
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Sleep-Related Problems in Childhood

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While it may be rare for children to complain about their own difficulties sleeping, sleep problems are among the most commonly reported concerns parents have about their children. It is estimated that approximately one-third of children experience sleep problems, and it is well known that sleep affects all aspects of child functioning including behavioral, emotional, and academic. Fortunately, there has been increasing awareness of childhood sleep problems, and clinicians, researchers, and parents have begun to recognize the scope and impact of childhood sleep disorders. Common pediatric sleep disorders include obstructive sleep apnea, movement disorders such as periodic limb movement disorder, parasomnias such as sleep terrors, and behavioral sleep disorders such as behavioral insomnia of childhood. As children have different symptom presentations, diagnoses, and treatment plans than adults, pediatric medical and behavioral sleep specialists are needed.

Keywords: Bedtime problems; night awakenings; pediatric sleep; behavioral insomnia; childhood sleep problems

Article.  12634 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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