Insomnia in the Child

Why do sleep disorders occur in children? What are the most common?

At least 1 in 3 children suffer from chronic sleep disorders. Half of the adults report not sleeping well regularly, and 10% of the general population have sleep problems of such magnitude that they require chronic pharmacological treatment. Everyone has had issues with sleep at some point in their lives. The International Classification of Sleep Disorders includes approximately one hundred sleep disorders. Each has its particular causes, consequences and characteristics. We will discuss some of them (the most common, such as insomnia or obstructive sleep apnoea, and the not-so-common but very serious, such as sudden infant death or narcolepsy).

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If you have the following, please come and see our sleep specialist:


This international classification of sleep disorders summarises the disorders into the following categories






Medical - Psychiatric disorders


Proposed alterations

If you have been diagnosed as having one of the following:

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Sleep needs throughout the development

Sleep needs vary throughout development. Therefore, it is essential to know the amount of normal sleep based on age since sometimes the sleep expectations that parents consider differ from the real needs, so they may be referring to an insomnia problem when there is none:


Duration of sleep hours in hours

How does this situation affect parents?

Sleep disorders in children affect the family nucleus. If a child doesn’t sleep well, surely her parents won’t either.

What is childhood insomnia?

Insomnia is difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep or waking up earlier than «desired or needed». In a broader sense, it is the feeling of unrefreshing sleep or «bad» sleep. Insomnia is chronic when it lasts over time.


Treatment, in general, will be fundamentally cognitive-behavioural