Journal of Sleep Disorders: Treatment and CareISSN: 2325-9639

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Research Article, J Sleep Disor Treat Care Vol: 3 Issue: 2

Concordance of Mother/Child Sleep Patterns Using Actigraphy: Preliminary Findings

Suzanne E Goldman1*, Lily Wang2 and Diane B Fawkes1
1Neurology-Sleep Division, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
2Department of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Corresponding author : Suzanne Goldman
Neurology-Sleep Division, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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Received: January 03, 2014 Accepted: February 21, 2014 Published: February 24, 2014
Citation: Goldman SE, Wang L, Fawkes DB (2014) Concordance of Mother/Child Sleep Patterns Using Actigraphy: Preliminary Findings. J Sleep Disor: Treat Care 3:2. doi:10.4172/2325-9639.1000133

Abstract

Concordance of Mother/Child Sleep Patterns Using Actigraphy: Preliminary Findings

Sleep problems are common in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and are often associated with problem behaviors. Problematic sleep in the child may impact maternal sleep. We examined the association of sleep in mother-child dyads to child daytime behavior and maternal insomnia and daytime sleepiness in 11 children with ASD and 6 children of typical development (TD) using wrist actigraphs over 14 consecutive nights. Early morning wakenings were significantly associated with poorer daytime behavior as measured by the Child Behavior Checklist in both ASD and TD children. Additionally, associations were found between mother and child sleep and between the child’s sleep and maternal daytime sleepiness. These results highlight the need to consider the potential interaction of maternal-child sleep in future studies.

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