ERIC Number: EJ860977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Types and Treatment of Pediatric Sleep Disturbances
Hamilton, Gloria J.
Psychology in the Schools, v46 n9 p899-904 Nov 2009
This article provides an overview of pediatric sleep disturbances with emphases on types and treatments. Relationships between sleep disorders and comorbid conditions function to exacerbate and maintain both disorders. An estimated 20% of teenagers experience chronic partial sleep deprivation, resulting in problems with memory, attention, and behavior control. Treatment of choice for chronic partial sleep deprivation involves a comprehensive approach to regularizing the adolescent's sleep-wake schedule. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) calls into question the validity of upward trends in prescribing for children and adolescents who report sleep problems. The AAP has issued a consensus statement on prescribing hypnotics to children and adolescents, arguing that further clinical trials are necessary to determine appropriate pediatric dosages. The AAP recommends that pediatricians educate families about good sleep practices and behavioral interventions.
Descriptors: Sleep, Adolescents, Children, Validity, Drug Therapy, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Pharmacology, Parent Role, Child Behavior, Psychological Patterns
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