Sleep problems in Dravet syndrome: a modifiable comorbidity

(Licheni et al. 2017) 57 patients from Australia completed a sleep questionnaire, with 75% reporting problems. The most commonly reported problem was difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep, with sleep-wake transition disorders second most common. 53%  had nocturnal seizures.

16 patients were monitored by pulse oximetry overnight, and 14 of those had a higher than normal oxygen desaturation index, though this may be indicative of nocturnal seizures.

Licheni SH, Mcmahon JM, Schneider AL, Davey MJ, Scheffer IE. Sleep problems in Dravet syndrome: a modifiable comorbidity.Dev Med Child Neurol. 2018 Feb;60(2):192-198. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.13601. Epub 2017 Nov 7. PubMed PMID: 29110313.
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Nicole is a former scientist and science educator who has an 11 year old son with Dravet syndrome and serves on the Board of Directors for the Dravet Syndrome Foundation. She reviews and summarizes research articles, making the content more accessible to those not involved in the scientific community.