Developmental changes of parental-reported sleep disturbance symptoms in children with attention deficit disorder

Jo Ann B. Hoeppner, Barbara L. Trommer, Kevin J. Armstrong, Richard S. Rosenberg, Daniel Picchietti

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Abstract

The primary goal of this retrospective study was to assess parental report of current sleep disorders in school-aged attention deficit disorder (ADD) children, as well as recalled sleep problems from when the children were infants (0-12 months) and toddlers (1-3 years). Results of a sleep questionnaire completed by mothers of 48 ADD children and a comparison group of 30 patients with school problems indicate that ADD children were perceived to have significantly more sleep problems and that these problems had onset in infancy. Specific items in the questionnaire which were increased included latency to sleep onset of more than 30 min at least 3 nights per week, fatigue upon awakening, and recall of nightmares. Pediatric clinicians should be alert to possible sleep disorders in children suspected of attention disorders and should consider "sleep hygiene" measures as a component of treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-242
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

Keywords

  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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