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Sleep Disorders in Children

  • Provides an overview of each of the common sleep disorders in infancy, early childhood and adolescence

  • Provides algorithms for differential diagnosis of childhood sleep disorders

  • Explains the need for timely diagnosis and treatment of childhood sleep disorders

  • Includes chapters on ontogenesis of sleep, emergence of pediatric sleep medicine and epidemiology of childhood sleep disorders

  • Discusses sleep structure and scoring, the main sleep laboratory tests

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Discovery of Pediatric Sleep Medicine

      • Oliviero Bruni, Raffaele Ferri
      Pages 31-51
    3. Sleep Laboratory Tests

      • Suresh Kotagal
      Pages 81-92
    4. Sleep Structure and Scoring from Infancy to Adolescence

      • Raffaele Ferri, Luana Novelli, Oliviero Bruni
      Pages 93-104
  3. Sleep Disorders

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 127-127
    2. Sleep Disorders in Newborns and Infants

      • Rosemary S. C. Horne
      Pages 129-153
    3. Pediatric Insomnia

      • Oliviero Bruni, Marco Angriman
      Pages 155-184
    4. Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children: A Short Primer

      • Hui-Leng Tan, David Gozal, Leila Kheirandish-Gozal
      Pages 185-226
    5. Sleep Disorders in Children: Simple Sleep-Related Movement Disorders

      • Pamela E. Hamilton-Stubbs, Arthur S. Walters
      Pages 227-251
    6. Circadian Rhythm Disorders in Childhood

      • Silvia Miano
      Pages 253-280
    7. Disorders Associated with Increased Sleepiness

      • Soňa Nevšímalová
      Pages 281-304
    8. Parasomnias in Children

      • Paola Proserpio, Lino Nobili
      Pages 305-335
    9. Sleep and Epilepsy

      • Sejal V. Jain, Sanjeev V. Kothare
      Pages 337-355
    10. Sleep in Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

      • Soňa Nevšímalová, Oliviero Bruni
      Pages 357-387
    11. Sleep in Children with Psychiatric and Behavioral Problems

      • Rosalia Silvestri, Irene Aricò
      Pages 389-404

About this book

This book is both an exam guide to children´s sleep medicine and a practical manual for diagnosis and management of sleep disorders in children. An overview of the most frequent sleep disorders encountered in newborns, infants, children and adolescents is provided. This book discusses the main sleep disorders in detail, including insomnia, respiratory disturbances, movement disorders during sleep, circadian rhythm disorders, parasomnias, and disorders associated with increased sleepiness. It also covers sleep disorders associated with neurological, psychiatric, and medical diseases. 

This book is divided into two parts. The first part is an introduction to childhood sleep physiology and pathology, epidemiology of sleep disorders, and diagnostic procedures. The second part describes the most frequent sleep disorders in greater depth.  

Sleep Disorders in Children is aimed at sleep researchers, pediatricians, child neurologists and child psychiatrists, as well as patient organizations and families with affected children.


  • child sleep disorder
  • pediatric sleep disorder
  • pediatric sleep medicine
  • adolescent sleep medicine
  • adolescent sleep disorder


Selected as "Highly Commended" in Neurology at BMA Medical Book Awards for 2017.

“This book, while of manageable size, is sufficiently comprehensive to extend the knowledge and interest of all those who work with children. It is the most up-to-date book on the subject for a problem, which would appear to be becoming more common.” (BMA Medical Book Awards, September, 2017)

“This useful overview of insomnia, hypersomnia, parasomnias, and obstructive sleep apnea in children also covers the interaction of sleep disorders with other conditions, such as psychiatric illnesses, epilepsy, and neurodevelopmental disorders. … It could also be a profitable read for upper-level residents in psychiatry and neurology. … Overall, this is a high‐quality book that has much to recommend it to practitioners who wish to learn more about the clinical aspects of sleep disorders.” (Eric Gausche, Doody's Book Reviews, March, 2017)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Neurology, Charles University and General Teaching Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic

    Soňa Nevšímalová

  • Sapienza University, S. Andrea Hospital, Department of Developmental and Social Psychology, Rome, Italy

    Oliviero Bruni

About the editors

Soňa Nevšímalová, MD, DSc

Professor of Neurology, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 

Professor Soňa Nevšímalová has devoted the greatest part of her life to sleep medicine. She has published over 200 scientific papers, 5 monographs and 30 monographic chapters. Her main interest is focused on narcolepsy and childhood sleep disorders. She received many scientific awards (including one from the American Academy of Neurology) and honorary prizes for her research. At present, she is the Vice-President of the Czech Sleep Society, and for a four-year period worked as the President of the Czech Society of Child Neurology. She has organized several International Congresses, and participated in the Scientific Committees of the ESRS and WASM. Her main organizing effort is now focused on the World Sleep 2017 to be held in Prague. 

Oliviero Bruni, MD

Associate Professor in Child Neurology and Psychiatry

Dept. of Developmental and Social Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome (Italy) 

Prof. Bruni has been involved in sleep research and clinical care in children for over 20 years. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers in addition to monographs and book chapters.

He is founder and Past-President of the International Pediatric Sleep Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine, Field Editor (Pediatrics) of the journal Sleep Medicine and has been elected as Chair of the Childhood Sleep Disorders and Development Section of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

His specific areas of interest are the different aspects of sleep disorders in children, the application of computer analysis in human sleep electroencephalogram, the analysis of sleep patterns in cognitive deficits ranging from mental retardation to specific learning disabilities.

Prof. Bruni organized several International Congresses, and is involved  in the Scientific Committees of the AASM; ESRS and WASM and participated as invited lecturer in several international congresses.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Sleep Disorders in Children

  • Editors: Soňa Nevšímalová, Oliviero Bruni

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-28638-9Published: 21 October 2016

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-80395-1Published: 08 June 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-28640-2Published: 03 October 2016

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 422

  • Number of Illustrations: 13 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Pediatrics, Neurology, Psychiatry, Pneumology

Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-28640-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 169.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)