Pediatric Sleep Disorders are the group of sleep issues that are faced by children. Pediatric sleep disorders are usually due to temporary or chronic health issues in children. The disorders may range from insufficient sleep to bedtime settling issues. Associated symptoms of pediatric sleep disorders are:
• Inability to perform well at school
• Loss of concentration
• Daytime drowsiness
HOW IS PEDIATRIC SLEEP DISORDERS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of pediatric sleep disorders is based on observation of sleep pattern and symptoms. The pediatrician may ask questions about the child’s routine and lifestyle. In some cases a somnologist may be brought in to study the child’s sleep pattern in a sleep lab.
HOW IS PEDIATRIC SLEEP DISORDERS TREATED?
Behavioral interventions should be the mainstay of treatment of pediatric insomnia and should be offered as initial treatment. Gradual extinction, bedtime fading, positive routines, and scheduled awakenings are also strongly supported as treatments for young children. For older children and adolescents, behavioral strategies that aim to reduce arousal at bedtime are often recommended. First, sleep hygiene education is particularly important. In addition, progressive muscle relaxation, stimulus control, and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, such as thought stopping, increasing positive thinking, and journaling “worries” at bedtime, are often recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
The problem of Pediatric Sleep Disorders is not really a serious one but there is a chance that such patients would be tired and irritable due to lack of sleep.