There were no significant differences in sleep efficiency among pediatric patients with epilepsy who used vs those who didn’t use self-help strategies for sleep.

Managing sleep in children and adolescents with epilepsy is important due to the prevalence of sleep disturbance and poor sleep quality in this patient population, according to study results presented at the SLEEP 2024 Annual Meeting, held in Houston, Texas, from June 1 to 5, 2024.

In a cross-sectional study, researchers explored the use of self-help techniques for improving sleep among children and adolescents with epilepsy and assessed the relationship between these strategies and sleep. The outcomes of interest were nighttime sleep efficiency and sleep disturbance.

Between July 2022 and November 2023, patients with epilepsy between the ages of 1 and 17 were recruited from a university-affiliated hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. While patients wore an actigraph on their wrist for 7 days, their parents completed the Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ) over the same time period to document the use of any self-help strategies for sleep. An independent samples t-test was used in analysis.

Of 75 participants (mean age, 10.29) included in the final analysis, 17 had a nighttime sleep efficiency greater than 85%.

The average total score of the CHSQ was 52.31, which indicated moderate to severe sleep disturbance.

A total of 31 (41.3%) parents reported using self-help strategies to help their children sleep. The self-help strategies included:

  • Listening to music or stories
  • Reading books
  • Accompanying children
  • Using relaxation techniques
  • Feeding and,
  • Giving teething toys

There were no statistically significant between-group differences observed in sleep efficiency and CHSQ scores among participants who used self-help strategies for sleep and those who did not.

“Our findings highlight the importance of managing sleep in this population and suggest the need for further exploration into the effectiveness of specific self-help strategies for sleep in children and adolescents with epilepsy,” the researchers concluded.

 

Source: neurologyadvisor.com, Hibah Khaja

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