Sleep disorders in children with cerebral palsy: neurodevelopmental and behavioral correlates

Domenico Marco Romeo, Domenica Immacolata Battaglia, Eugenio Maria Mercuri, Giovanni Baranello, Emanuela Pagliano, Tiziana Casalino, Oliviero Bruni

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We aimed to estimate the frequency of sleep disorders in children with cerebral palsy (CP) using the Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children (SDSC) and to evaluate the relations between sleep disorders and motor, cognitive, and behavioral problems. METHODS: One hundred and sixty-five children with CP ages 6-16 years (mean age, 11years) were assessed using the SDSC, the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS), the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children and the Child Behavior Check List (CBCL) to assess sleep, motor, cognitive, and behavioral problems, respectively. RESULTS: An abnormal total sleep score was found in 19% of children with CP; more than 40% of children had an abnormal score on at least one SDSC factor. The SDSC total score was significantly associated (P<.01) with mental retardation, epilepsy, CBCL scores, and level 5 on the GMFCS. CONCLUSIONS: Our results confirm that sleep disorders are common in children with cerebral palsy. The relationship between motor and cognitive behavior and epilepsy should be further explored to better understand how these factors influence one another to identify effective treatments and to improve the well-being of the child.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)213-218
Numero di pagine6
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2014


  • Sleep cerebral palsy


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