n Mental Health Matters - Sleep and activity disorders of childhood including ADHD




Sleep problems are common in childhood. A distinction is made between problems in which polysomnography (PSG) is abnormal (i.e. the parasomnias, sleep apnoea and narcolepsy) and problems that are behavioural in origin and have normal polysomnography. The parasomnias-sleep terrors, somnambulism and enuresis-appear to be related to central nervous system immaturity and are often outgrown. Obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) is frequently missed in children and can often be cured through surgery. Behavioural sleep problems may be overcome after parents make interventions.


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