Childhood-onset insomnia

Sleep. 1980;3(1):59-65. doi: 10.1093/sleep/3.1.59.


Twenty patients who had been insomniac since childhood were compared with 39 who had become insomniac during adult life. The childhood-onset insomniacs took longer to fall asleep, slept less, and showed excessive amounts of REM sleep without eye movements. Adult-onset insomniacs showed more restless sleep. No differences between childhood- and adult-onset groups were found on personality inventories, but those with childhood-onset insomnia reported more evidence of possible "soft" neurological impairment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Humans
  • MMPI
  • Personality Inventory
  • Sleep
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / psychology*
  • Sleep, REM