According to the National Sleep Foundation, these are common sleep disorders for children:
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- Insomnia: In one survey of children in pediatricians’ waiting rooms, more than 40 percent were reported by their parents to experience some form of insomnia: unrefreshing sleep, difﬁculty falling asleep, trouble staying asleep or early-morning awakenings. Sometimes even sooner than a child can talk and walk independently, poor sleep habits and certain interactions with parents can get in the way of falling asleep.
- Sleep apnea: A child with sleep apnea brieﬂy stops breathing many times during the night because of an obstruction in the respiratory tract. She awakens for a few minutes as she instinctively gasps for air.
- Nightmares: Nightmares are especially common in middle childhood. The child typically awakens because of a scary dream. She might become anxious, breathe heavily and begin crying.
- Sleep walking: About 15 percent of children ages 5 to 12 have at least one sleep-walking episode. Boys tend to be more affected than girls, and episodes usually occur during the second or third hour of nighttime sleep.
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