Sleep disturbances in neurobehaviorally challenged children with sickle cell disease: A pilot study

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Accardo

This study aims to evaluate sleep in a sample of children, adolescents, and young adults with SCD referred for neurobehavioral evaluation for academic and cognitive difficulties. We will further test the association of sleep disturbance and sleep-disordered breathing with neurobehavioral test scores. We propose to evaluate sleep in 25 children aged 5-18 years who have undergone comprehensive neurodevelopmental or neuropsychological assessment for identified neurobehavioral impairment within the past 5 years. We will collect parent- and child-report of sleep hygiene, sleep habits and sleep disordered breathing using validated questionnaires and one week of actigraphy to objectively measure sleep patterns (total sleep time and sleep fragmentation).