Sleep takes up about one-forth to two-thirds of the lives of young children, but how we recognize, define, and treat sleep disorders in children is still a process that we have not mastered. Nocturnal sleep disruptions in childhood have a significant effect on the well-being of the entire family and consequently modify the daytime behavior as well as character development of the child. Sleep-related disorders in children may be subtle and difficult to recognize. Therefore, a high suspicion combined with a comprehensive evaluation is necessary to correctly diagnose sleep disorders in children and initiate appropriate treatment.
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