Date of Award
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
Sleep disorders are a growing concern in the pediatric population, especially because of their potentially detrimental effects on a child’s development. Sleep is critical for the health of a child. Accordingly, disruptions in sleep can lead to impairments in cognition, behavior, and various other physiological and psychological manifestations. Certain sleep disturbances and disorders are preventable and even treatable, especially when they are properly diagnosed. When a child is diagnosed with a sleep disorder, they must receive the proper medical attention and treatment plans to effectively dissipate their symptoms and mitigate the detrimental consequences of their condition. To understand the appropriate treatment plans for pediatric sleep disorders, researchers must investigate the symptoms and behavioral outcomes of the disorders. Researchers have found that the consequences of sleep disorders include physical ailments, poor school performance, and delayed development of an individual’s behavioral and social skills. The primary goal of this study was to determine the detrimental effects of sleep disorders and abnormalities in the pediatric population. To perform this literature review and retrospective analysis, resources such as PubMed, Science Direct, and additional academic journals were utilized. Moreover, primary information was gathered from pediatric sleep disorder cases and further analysis of the detrimental effects of these sleep disorders on pediatric patients. In this review, the repercussions of sleep disorders in a young life are explored, specifically to analyze how sleep disorders impair a child’s physiological, developmental, and behavioral growth.
Egan, Tera, "Sleep Disorders in the Pediatric Population: Outcomes Resulting in Physiological, Developmental, and Behavioral Manifestations" (2020). PCOM Capstone Projects. 15.