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Managing sleep disturbances in children with learning disabilities.

The associations between sleep disturbances and daytime behaviour are well documented (Zuckerman et al, 1987; Quine, 1991). One study that looked at associations between sleep problems and challenging behaviour found sleep problems to be more common in children with severe learning disabilities. It also found more stereotypical behaviours as a result of the sleep problems and that children with severe learning disabilities are more likely to show daytime irritability, lethargy and hyperactivity

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