Pediatric sleep disorders: a review of the past 10 years

J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1997 Jan;36(1):9-20. doi: 10.1097/00004583-199701000-00012.


Objective: To provide a 10-year review of pediatric sleep disorders medicine.

Method: DSM-IV is used to organize the presentation from a developmental perspective.

Results: Pediatric sleep disorders can be subdivided into four broad categories: Primary Sleep Disorders that include two subcategories, Dyssomnias and Parasomnias; Sleep Disorder Related to Another Mental Disorder; Sleep Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition; and Substance-Induced Sleep Disorder. Behavioral and supportive methods of treatment remain the most useful methods for treating primary sleep disorders in childhood.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Arousal / physiology
  • Child
  • Child Development / physiology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Mental Disorders / complications
  • Polysomnography
  • Sleep / physiology
  • Sleep Wake Disorders* / classification
  • Sleep Wake Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Sleep Wake Disorders* / etiology
  • Sleep Wake Disorders* / therapy