SESSION TITLE: Pediatrics
SESSION TYPE: Slide Presentations
PRESENTED ON: Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
PURPOSE: Forming a healthy sleep habit is a significant challenge amongst developed society, and children are not immune to it either. We undertook this study to assess the prevalence of healthy sleep habits among Elementary school children in our community, and used a Children’s Sleep Habit Questionnaire (CSHQ).
METHODS: After obtaining permission from the appropriate school district and committee, children in 4th and 5th grade in two Elementary schools were surveyed by using CSHQ (validated tool). CSHQ assessed the children besides baseline in the domain of bedtime resistance, sleep onset and duration, sleep anxiety, nighttime awakening, and daytime sleepiness.
RESULTS: 264 students were surveyed. 55.56% of children had difficulty in sleeping. Only 29.1% of children go to bed at the same time and only 23.48% of children are ready to sleep at their usual bedtime. 41.2% of children stay up late when parents think they are asleep. Only 31% of children fall asleep within 20 minutes. Almost 50% of children had some sleep anxiety. More than 50% of children wake up at night and have trouble falling asleep after waking up. Surprisingly 53% of children complain of waking up due to some type of pain. Only 20.5% of children usually have trouble waking up in the morning, whereas 33% of children stated that they feel refreshed after a night’s sleep.
CONCLUSIONS: Sleep disturbance starts at an early age. Attempts on sleep education need to be made at every level.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Future studies to look at the sleep disturbances at an early age and design the education programs keeping in view of these disturbances may be helpful.
DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Salim Surani, Amina Khimani, Sara Surani, Sreevidya Rao, Shyam Subramanian
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