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Robyn Woidtke, MSN, RN, RPSGT, CCSH, FAAST

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Sleep Disorders | A2Zzz | Down syndrome

Down Syndrome, Sleep and Associated Disorders: Across the Life Span

By: Robyn Woidtke, MSN, RN, RPSGT, CCSH, FAAST
December 16th, 2021

Sleep disorders, as well as sleep problems, are extremely common in individuals with Down syndrome (DS), with many issues presenting at birth and persisting throughout the life span. Ensuring that sleep assessment is included throughout the life continuum for patients with DS is quite important, as sleep issues may contribute to behavior and cognitive issues or good sleep may contribute to better functioning. Knowledge and appreciation about this condition, as well as treatment options related to sleep and associated disorders for the individual and families, are essential for the sleep health professional, as the sleep problems we face as a society are exacerbated in individuals with DS. Similar to the lack of sleep inquiry in the general population, it may be that much more needs to be done to address this significant issue in this population.

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