Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders in children are much more common than parents and teachers may realize and may contribute significantly to problems academically, behaviorally, and emotionally. Many of the neurological conditions described on this web site also have sleep disorders associated with them, and in the overview article I’ve written for this site, you can read about some of the research on sleep impairment associated with different disorders.

By the way: did you know that sleep-deprived children might look very much like children with ADHD?

Articles Available on This Site:

Test Your Sleep I.Q. (pdf)
National Institutes of Health
See how you do on this 10-item quiz

zzzzzz…. How Much Sleep is Enough? (pdf)
National Institutes of Health
Teens can test their sleep I.Q. and get some tips

Awake at the Wheel (pdf)
National Institutes of Health
This free pamphlet teaches teens about sleep and driving safety. There is also a teacher’s guide (pdf).

Fact Sheet About Problem Sleepiness (pdf)
National Institutes of Health
Overview of problem sleepiness in adults and adolescents

Fact Sheet About Insomnia (pdf)
National Institutes of Health
Overview of insomnia, its diagnosis, and treatment

Overview of Sleep Disorders
Leslie E. Packer, PhD, (last updated March, 2015)
Description of sleep disorders and their relationship to conditions such as Tourette’s, OCD, ADHD, mood disorders, and autism spectrum disorders

Establishing Good Sleep Habits for Your Child (pdf)
Leslie E. Packer, PhD, 2002
Practical tips to help your child or teenager

Melatonin for Treatment of Sleep Disorders. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 108 (pdf)
Buscemi, Vandermeer, Pandya, Hooton, Tjosvold, Hartling, Baker, Vohra, Klassen, 2004
Would melatonin help?