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Epilepsy Behav. 2011 Aug;21(4):437-40. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2011.05.007. Epub 2011 Jun 24.

Evaluation of sleep disturbances in children with epilepsy: a questionnaire-based case-control study.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Princess Margaret Hospital, Kowloon, Hong Kong.


Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder accompanied by a wide range of comorbid conditions that can adversely affect the quality of life of children. Sleep disturbances not only predispose children to mood, cognitive, and behavioral impairments, but also have a significant impact on physical health. The aim of this study was to evaluate sleep patterns among Chinese children with epilepsy and healthy subjects in Hong Kong, and examine the relationship between parent-reported sleep problems and specific epilepsy parameters. We conducted a cross-sectional, questionnaire-based, case-control study and included 63 children with epilepsy and 169 healthy children aged between 4 and 12 years. The Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ) was used as an assessment tool. Our results indicated that children with epilepsy have similar sleep patterns but greater sleep disturbances compared with healthy subjects. Sleep problems should not be overlooked, and a comprehensive review of the sleep habits of this group of patients should be conducted.

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