There are several common sleeping problems in children that we'll discuss in this chapter:
Occasional snoring is not itself a problem, but chronic snoring is often related to sleep apnea and may otherwise disturb a child's sleep.
Sleep apnea and disordered breathing
As many as 20% of kids suffer from disordered breathing during sleep, a treatable condition that can be evidenced by snoring, mouth breathing, or pauses in breathing while asleep.
Insomnia in children
All children suffer the occasional bout of insomnia, but regular insomnia could be caused by stress or anxiety, or an underlying medical condition.
Sleep anxiety is commonly the byproduct of a general anxiety disorder, and may cause children to exhibit fear at bedtime and require lengthy bedtime rituals in order to get to sleep.
Restless leg syndrome
Children can also get restless leg syndrome, which is characterized by a compulsive need to move their lower extremities and can interfere with sleep.