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Sleep in Children: Developmental Changes in Sleep Patterns

2nd Edition, February 19, 2008

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ISBN: 978-1-4200-6081-2
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  • Revision: 2nd Edition, February 19, 2008
  • Published Date: February 19, 2008
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 434
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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Depending on age, infants and children spend one- to two-thirds of their life asleep. Despite this, very little attention was paid until recently to understanding both normal sleep and sleep-related abnormalities during development. However, the last few years have seen burgeoning research and publications in this area. Important developments have occurred in the field since the publication of the first edition of this book in 2000. Thus, the book has been totally revised. The basis of the book remains rigorously conducted scientific research. The chapters have been authored by an international group of outstanding scientists. As several clinical pediatric sleep books have been published since the first edition of this book, we have shifted the focus of the book away from some of the more clinically oriented chapters toward developmental physiology. In addition, we have divided the book into two volumes to accommodate the increased amount of literature that is now available. One volume concentrates on sleep alone, and the other on breathing during sleep. It should be noted, however, that not all chapters could be so neatly categorized, and thus the two volumes are synergistic.

This volume is devoted to sleep per se, and its changes with development. There are profound changes in sleep and circadian rhythm during growth and maturation. Sleep is particularly important in children because of its putative role in consolidating memory and other neurocognitive functions, and the parents of a young child can easily describe the effects of sleep deprivation. This volume covers normal changes in sleep during development, important behavioral aspects of sleep, cultural effects on sleep, and nonrespiratory sleep-related disorders. The concluding section reviews new techniques that are currently being used in sleep-related research.

The success of the book depends, of course, on the quality of the individual contributors. We therefore want to thank the many authors who have contributed to the book. They are all leaders in the field and, as such, have many demands on their time. Nevertheless, as the reader will appreciate, they have devoted time and energy into writing outstanding chapters.

We would like to dedicate this book to the children and families who have willingly participated in sleep research experiments. Without them, this book would not exist.

We thank Mary Anne Cornaglia for her invaluable assistance with the book preparation.