Also known as: Insomnia
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which children have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep at night.
What are the signs/symptoms?
- Excessive Daytime Sleep
- Sleeping difficulty
- School performance problems
- Irritability/mood swings
- Decreased attention span
- Memory problems
What causes insomnia?
- Caffeine (sodas, teas, energy drinks)
- Medical disorders (asthma, eczema, heartburn, fibromyalgia)
- Neurodevelopmental disorders (autism, Down Syndrome)
How is insomnia treated?
- Change in bedtime habits
- Relaxation techniques
- Behavioral modification
Reviewed by: Mercedes Bello, MD
This page was last updated on: January 28, 2021 04:48 PM
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Two out of three children under the age of 10 years have some type of sleep problem. Sleep problems can be divided into two broad groups: dyssomnias and parasomnias.
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MSLT Sleep Study
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MWT Sleep Test
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