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Child Sleep Disorders ~ [Issue 0305-5]  Wellness Weekly
 Mar 29, 2005 06:54 PST 

IDENTIFYING SLEEP DISORDERS IN CHILDREN

Loud snoring and rocking to sleep are two of nine signs parents
should look for to determine whether their child might have a sleep
disorder, specialists say. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) lists
the others as: breathing through the mouth during sleep, appearing
confused or looking terrified when awakened during the night,
sleepwalking frequently, complaining of leg or "growing" pains or
restless legs when trying to sleep, having difficulty with falling or
staying asleep, experiencing poor sleep that leads to daytime
irritability, awakening un-refreshed, having difficulty waking up on
time or feeling sleepy during the day. If a child exhibits these
signs, a doctor should be consulted, specialists say. The NSF's 2004
sleep poll found 69 percent of children experience sleep problems at
least a few nights a week, although only some may suffer from a sleep
disorder.
	
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