Attention to childhood sleep disorders grows

09/13/2010 | Oregonian (Portland), The

Pediatric sleep disorders affect behavior and school performance and are a public health issue, according to Judith Owens, director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, R.I. About 1% to 3% of school-age children in the U.S. have sleep apnea, and others suffer from night terrors, sleep walking, neurological disturbances or other conditions that affect the whole family. Interest in the field has grown exponentially in the past decade, and most large children's hospitals have added pediatric sleep clinics.

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