Sleep in children exposed to adverse or traumatic events

Wilson J. Brown, Marissa A. Yetter, Sophie E. Haven, Katherine R. Braund

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Sleep disturbances, particularly nightmares and insomnia, are prototypic symptoms of traumatic stress exposure and subsequent posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Currently, most research of trauma-related sleep disturbance (TRSD) focuses on adult populations, while less is known about the nature of sleep disturbance in trauma-exposed youth, despite that many children and adolescents will experience at least one potentially traumatic event before adulthood. This article reviews the existing research of the intersection between sleep and traumatic stress exposure in youth, which provides valuable insight to the developmental course of TRSD and associated functional consequences across the lifespan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-6, Second Edition
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780323910941
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Neuroscience

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