Common Sleep Problems in Children
Sleep problems occur frequently in children. Numerous studies have demonstrated that up to 20–30% of children have complaints or difficulties related to sleep that are regarded as significant problems by their families (1). Many of these problems simply fall within the realm of behavioral difficulties and/or bad habits; nonetheless, even minor sleep problems can be a source of distress, conflict, and insufficient sleep for more than one family member. Furthermore, there is increasing evidence that insufficient sleep from any combination of causes can impact negatively on learning, behavior, and emotions. From a clinical perspective, it is essential to understand that, within this wide range of common sleep problems, there are a subset of serious and treatable sleep disorders in children and adolescents. Thus, the primary care clinician must have the requisite knowledge and clinical skills both to manage effectively common behaviorally based sleep problems and to identify appropriately the children who require further evaluation and treatment.
KeywordsSleep Problem Daytime Sleepiness Insufficient Sleep Night Waking Inadequate Sleep
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