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Signs of Sleep Disorders in Children

Signs of sleep disorders in children
Dr. Monika Bhanushali
Dr. Monika Bhanushali
May04/ 2016

Have you noticed any change in the pattern of child’ sleeping habits? Does he/she complain of excessive tiredness during day time? The school teachers are complaining that they fall asleep during a class?? These all questions can make any parents worried about their kid’s health.

Normally children from 7 to 12 years of age group need almost 10-12 hours of sleep every day. But they are able to get only 9 to 10 hours of sleep due to school and other activities in the day. The child may be suffering from a sleeping disorder and because of this problem; the school and extracurricular performance might get affected as well the child loses the vigour for life, looks tired, unhappy and unhealthy.

Many times the parents don’t know what is wrong with their kid and that can get them worried. Here are some of the signs of sleep disorders to look for:

Excessive Sleeping in the Day Time

This is one of the most common complaints that many parents have about their kids. Daytime drowsiness is one of the most common symptoms many of the diseases present with. It is not a symptom if this occurs occasionally as they might feel tired because of excessive playing the previous day. But if this complaint starts occurring repetitively then it can very well be linked to a sleeping disorder. It is a sign of sleeping disorders like obstructive sleep apnoea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy.


Snoring is not harmful as such as it is just a sound generated by vibrations in the upper air way. But snoring can also very well denote an underlying pathology in children. Some of the common causes for snoring in children can be respiratory infections such as pneumonia, deviated nasal septum, enlarged tonsils or adenoids. These problems may lead to a serious condition called as obstructive sleep apnoea.

Trouble Sleeping

Trouble falling asleep is a rare occurrence in children. But if it is present, it might denote presence of some conditions. The kid might be feeling stressed, not able to cope with the school work, bullying at school. A recent change in their environment like moving to a new city can also cause the lack of sleep. It can also be a sign of an underlying mental disorder.

Night Mares

Night mares are the scary dreams occurring during the random eye movement sleep. They mostly wake the child up frightened and make it difficult for them to fall back asleep. They are actually common in the age group of 7 to 10. After this age, their frequency decreases. If the frequency does not decrease then it can cause anxiety and behavioural problems.

Sleep Walking

Sleep walking is very common in children. Sleep walking incident has been reported in almost 30% of children. The children may out grow out of this problem by 15 years. It can be dangerous if the child is climbing down the stairs in the sleep.

These are few of the most common signs of sleep disorders. Consult a paediatrician if your child is suffering from any of the above mentioned problems.

Dr. Monika Bhanushali
Dr. Monika Bhanushali

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