15. Pediatric Sleep Medicine

  1. Douglas B. Kirsch MD, FAASM2,3
  1. Paruthi Shalini MD

Published Online: 11 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118764152.ch15

Sleep Medicine in Neurology

Sleep Medicine in Neurology

How to Cite

Shalini, P. (2013) Pediatric Sleep Medicine, in Sleep Medicine in Neurology (ed D. B. Kirsch), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118764152.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

  2. 3

    Division of Sleep Neurology, Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

Author Information

  1. Saint Louis University School of Medicine and Pediatric Sleep and Research Center, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 7 OCT 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335514

Online ISBN: 9781118764152



  • child;
  • pediatric;
  • sleep;
  • neurology;
  • headaches;
  • restless legs syndrome;
  • obstructive sleep apnea;
  • parasomnia;
  • seizure;
  • insomnia


Many children suffer from both neurologic disorders and sleep disorders. Treatment of the underlying sleep disorder may lessen or resolve the neurologic symptoms. Sleep disorders are commonly seen in patients with headaches, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury or concussions, developmental delay, neuromuscular disorders, hypersomnia or narcolepsy, parasomnias, neuropathy, and hyperactivity or behavior disturbances. This chapter reviews the detailed sleep medicine history, evaluation and treatment considerations specific to children with sleep disorders.