Parental report of sleep problems in Down syndrome
Article first published online: 5 JUL 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Volume 55, Issue 11, pages 1086–1091, November 2011
How to Cite
Breslin, J. H., Edgin, J. O., Bootzin, R. R., Goodwin, J. L. and Nadel, L. (2011), Parental report of sleep problems in Down syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 55: 1086–1091. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2011.01435.x
- Issue published online: 20 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 5 JUL 2011
- Accepted 11 May 2011
- Down syndrome;
- intellectual disability;
- sleep studies
Background Children with Down syndrome (DS) suffer from sleep problems, including sleep maintenance problems, as well as snoring, and other symptoms of disordered breathing. To examine sleep in DS, we gave parents a questionnaire assessing their child's sleep.
Materials and methods The parents of 35 children with DS (mean age = 12.65 years, range = 7–18 years) completed the 33-item Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire.
Results Eighty-five per cent of our sample had sleep disturbance scores in the clinical range (mean = 48.63, SD = 7.15, range = 34–64). Our sample also had significantly elevated scores on the Bedtime Resistance, Sleep Anxiety, Night Wakings, Parasomnias, Sleep Disordered Breathing and Daytime Sleepiness subscales.
Conclusions Children with DS are at risk for developing symptoms of sleep disordered breathing, and may have additional sleep problems that are unrelated to sleep disordered breathing.