For the purpose of evaluating the association between health problems and sleep disturbances as part of a community survey of sleep patterns in childhood, a questionnaire was administered to 752 mothers of children between the ages of 4 months and 4 years, and to the nurses at their regular baby clinics. The questionnaire covered the areas of past and present sleep and settling behaviour, as well as health history and demographic data. The study group consisted of 66 (8.9%) children who had either chronic medical problems, or history of an illness requiring hospitalisation. Regular night waking was reported in 35% and 34% of the group with an without history of illness, respectively. The mean number of interrupted nights per week was similar in both groups and so were the sleep problems perceived by the mothers. We conclude that in this age group the results do not support an association between health problems and prolonged sleep disturbances.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health