The prevalence of restless sleep disorder among a clinical sample of children and adolescents referred to a sleep centre

Lourdes M. DelRosso, Raffaele Ferri

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Abstract

Restless sleep disorder (RSD) is a newly described sleep disorder in children characterized by large body movements and repositioning that lasts all night with at least five body movements per hour and a significant impact on daytime behaviours. The authors have previously identified and described the syndrome and compared the sleep parameters and sleep-related movements to those in children with restless legs syndrome, normal controls and snorers. The current study is a retrospective review of the sleep diagnosis in 300 consecutive children seen and evaluated in a single sleep disorders centre; 252 children underwent polysomnography, as clinically indicated, to identify the proper diagnosis. The current research estimates the prevalence of RSD in a sleep clinical setting to be 7.7% and compares it to the prevalence of other common sleep disorders in the same setting. Another important addition to the literature is the fact that RSD can coexist with other sleep disorders, such as habitual snoring and parasomnia, without confounding the diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12870
JournalJournal of Sleep Research
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • paediatric sleep
  • prevalence
  • restless legs syndrome
  • restless sleep
  • restless sleep disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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