National Sleep Disorders Research Plan
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Progress Index:
Sleep Deprivation
Sleep Education
Sleep Neurobiology

Circadian Biology
Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB)

Progress since 1996
Research Recommendations
Research Training




Pediatrics :

The recognition that having infants sleep supine (on their back) can substantially reduce the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is now appreciated as a profoundly important early infant intervention and has saved thousands of lives. Recent research regarding the physiologic, psychological and developmental aspects of sleep in infants, children, and adolescents has contributed to an increased understanding of the unique aspects of sleep and development. The study of pediatric disorders such as Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome and Rett Syndrome has led to a better basic understanding of autonomic regulation and respiratory control. Recent findings regarding the complex relationship between sleep patterns and hormonal changes in adolescence have broadened our understanding of pubertal influences on sleep and circadian biology. The extent of sleep restriction and sleep disturbances among children and adolescents is now recognized to be much greater than previously believed, and the consequent impact on mood, neurobehavioral and academic functioning, safety, and health is considerable. Recognition of the link between sleep disturbances and neurobehavioral disorders in childhood, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), has profound public health implications for both the treatment and prevention of psychiatric co-morbidity.

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