Cosleeping and Behavioral Sleep Problems in School-aged Children with Neurodevelopmental and Mental Health Disorders

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore the presence of sleep-related complaints and their relationship to cosleeping in a sample of 57 children with mental health disorders. Information about the practice of cosleeping was collected through an interview and behavioral sleep problems were evaluated with a subset of items from the Spanish version of the Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire (PSQ). Controlling for age, cosleepers scored higher on insomnia, daytime sleepiness and poor sleep scheduling, compared to solitary sleepers. Therefore, mental health professionals should explore the child's sleep environment and, when necessary, use appropriate interventions to address such problems.

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