Common Children Sleep Disorders

Many childhood sleep disorders can be resolved with a better understanding of sleep, some commonsense recommendations and attention to the child’s general physical and emotional health.  Rarely are a child’s sleep problems the result of poor parenting, or a serious medical or psychological condition.

Nightmares
Frightening dreams that usually occur during the second half of the night when dreaming is most intense.

Sleepwalking and sleep talking
If your child is overly tired or under significant stress these conditions may also occur during deep sleep.

Bedwetting
This is normal until around the age of 5, but thereafter may signal an underdeveloped bladder or abrupt arousals from deep sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea 
Characterized by snoring, obstructed breathing during sleep, and multiple awakenings throughout the night, it is common in both adults and children.

Limit-setting sleep disorder     
This disorder occurs when a child stalls or refuses to go to bed at his or her scheduled bedtime, usually resulting in a struggle or conflict with the primary caregiver.

Delayed sleep phase syndrome   
Beginning during adolescence it results in trouble falling asleep at an appropriate bedtime, a preference for a later bedtime and significant difficulty awakening in the morning for school or work.