Methods to review issues pertaining to childhood sleep wake function we selected cochrane reviews and key original articles pertaining to sleep neurobiology and childhood sleep wake disorders and used our own clinical experience in writing this review. Sleep problems are common in children and adolescents some studies have found that the rate of children suffering from sleep disorders is similar to that of adults. Pediatric sleep disorders are common affecting approximately 25 to 40 of children and adolescents although there are several different types of sleep disorders that affect youth each disorder can have a significant impact on daytime functioning and development including learning growth behavior and emotion regulation researchers are only beginning to uncover the interaction between . Children sleep for 12 hours including naps and by 4 years children sleep 10 12 hours with one daytime nap at most throughout childhood children typically get about 10 hours of sleep a night this drops significantly at adolescence but less. In children and adolescents but often are under recog nized sleep disturbances in some form are seen in as many as 30 percent of children biological clock delays can be seen in more than 10 percent of teens sleep disorders may range from insufficient sleep insomnia and sleepwalking to sleep apnea restless legs and narcolepsy these disorders manifest as symptoms that may mislead the
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