According to a 2008 study, children with Down syndrome experience more nighttime awakenings, lower overall sleep time, and lower quality sleep overall, with more time in stage 1 sleep and less time in more restorative REM sleep. Children with Down syndrome also have greater resistance to and anxiety around bedtime than their peers without Down syndrome, with 66 percent falling asleep in a parent’s or sibling’s bed. Almost 20% wake up early, 40% wake at least once during the night.
Down Syndrome and Sleep
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