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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 62-65

Sleep assessment of children with cerebral palsy: Using validated sleep questionnaire

1 Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology Unit, Mansoura University, Egypt
2 Department of Psychiatry, BeniSuef University, Egypt
3 Department Neurology, Mansoura University, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Riad M Elsayed
Lecturer of Pediatric, Department of Pediatric, Pediatric Neurology Unit, Mansoura University
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.107708

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Background: On the basis of clinical experience, it seems that sleep disturbances are common in children with cerebral palsy (CP); however, there is a lack of research and objective data to support this observation. Aim of Work: Our aim was to assess sleep of children with cerebral palsy, using validated sleep questionnaire. Subjects and Methods: one hundred children with diagnosis of CP were investigated via sleep questionnaires, with their ages from 2-12 years. The 100 children with CP were divided into two groups, pre-school group (52 children had a mean age 2.35 ± 1.04 years) and school ages group (48 children had a mean age 10.21 ± 3.75 years). Results: We found high incidence of sleep problem in both pre-school and school age groups. We found that pre-school children have more prevalence of early insomnia (46.2%, P value 0.028) and sleep bruxism (50%, P value 0.000), while school group suffer more sleep disordered breathing (SDB) (50%, P value 0.001), more nightmares (50%, P value 0.001), more sleep talking (12.5% P value 0.049), and more excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) (62.5%, P value 0.001). Conclusion: Results of our study indicate that CP children have high incidence of sleep problem in both pre-school and school age groups.

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