Chapter 12. Sleep Problems

  1. Kate Thomson MBBS, FRACP General Paediatrician2,3,
  2. Dean Tey MBBS Allergy and Immunology Fellow4 and
  3. Michael Marks MBBS, MPH, MD, FRACP Paediatrician Senior Lecturer5,6
  1. Margot Davey MBBS, FRACP Director

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch12

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Davey, M. (2009) Sleep Problems, in Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition (eds K. Thomson, D. Tey and M. Marks), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Developmental Medicine, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  2. 3

    Emergency Department, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  3. 4

    Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 5

    Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  5. 6

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Author Information

  1. Melbourne, Children's Sleep Unit, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174008

Online ISBN: 9781444308051



  • sleep problems;
  • bedtime struggles and night-time waking;
  • night-time fears and anxiety;
  • night-time arousal phenomena and differentials;
  • nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy (NFLE);
  • snoring and sleep disordered breathing;
  • polysomnography - continuous and simultaneous recording of multiple physiological parameters, sleep and breathing


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Sleep physiology

  • Assessment

  • Bedtime struggles and night-time waking

  • Night-time fears and anxiety

  • Night-time arousal phenomena and differentials

  • Snoring and sleep disordered breathing

  • Polysomnography (sleep study)