Aberrant sleep patterns in children with the Rett syndrome

Title

Aberrant sleep patterns in children with the Rett syndrome

Creator

Piazza C C; Fisher W; Kiesewetter K; Bowman L; Moser H

Publisher

Brain and Development

Date

1990

Subject

Child; Humans; Adult; Adolescent; Female; Child Preschool; Infant; Rett Syndrome/co [Complications]; Sleep Disorders/co [Complications]; Adolescence; Aging; Rett Syndrome/dt [Drug Therapy]; Sleep Stages/ph [Physiology]; NET Files; human; child; female; adult; Rett Syndrome/complications/drug therapy; Sleep Stages/physiology; Sleep Wake Disorders/complications; sleep disturbance/disorders; Rett syndrome; trajectory; characteristics

Description

Previous studies on the characteristics of disturbed sleep/wake patterns in children with the Rett syndrome have yielded inconsistent findings. In the current study, momentary time sampling procedures were used to measure the sleep/wake patterns of 20 girls with classical Rett syndrome. These patients had significantly more total sleep than age peers (M = 110.1; Zm = 2.58; p = .01), significantly less nighttime sleep (M = 80.8; Zm = -7.53; p less than .0001), and significantly more daytime sleep (M = 24.5; Zm = 8.71; p less than .0001). Night sleep was negatively correlated with age (r = -.59; p less than .01); day sleep was positively correlated with age (r = .54; p = .01). These girls also displayed night wakings on 20.9% of nights, delayed sleep onset on 67.8% of nights and early wakings on 24.5% of nights. These data clearly demonstrate that children with the Rett syndrome have markedly impaired sleep/wake patterns and suggests that the sleep dysfunction may worsen over time.

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Citation

Piazza C C; Fisher W; Kiesewetter K; Bowman L; Moser H, “Aberrant sleep patterns in children with the Rett syndrome,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed December 1, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/16784.

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