Evaluation of Sleep with “Brief Infant Sleep Questionnaire” in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Günay Ç., Hız A. S., Yiş U., Aydın A.

3rd International Eurasian Social Pediatrics Annual Congress and the 7th National Social Pediatrics Annual Congress, İzmir, Turkey, 16 - 20 November 2022, pp.130

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: İzmir
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.130
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Objectives: Children with cerebral palsy (CP) are five times more likely than typically developing children to have sleep problems, resulting in adverse outcomes for both children and their families. We aimed to evaluate the sleep problems and etiologies associated with poor sleep in patients with cerebral palsy. Methods: The extended “Brief Infant Sleep Questionnaire” which was translated into Turkish and validated by Boran et al., was applied to the parents of patients with cerebral palsy. Etiological factors in patients defined as poor sleeper were examined. Results: Of the 112 patients included, the median age was 22 (12-30) months, and 58 (51.8%) were female. The parents of 39.3% (n=44) considered their patients’ sleep to be a very serious problem. Median number of night wakenings were 2 (0-6). Median nocturnal wakefulness was 40 (5-180) minutes. The total sleep duration of the patients was between 340-840 (median 480) minutes. According to the poor sleeper criteria, 81.2% (n=91) patients were classified as poor sleepers. The presence of etiologies associated with sleep problems was significantly higher in poor sleepers (p<0.001), the most common being pain and epilepsy in 75 (82.4%) and 47 (51.6%) patients, respectively. Conclusion: Sleep problems in patients with cerebral palsy should be carefully questioned by pediatricians because of their high frequency and associated clinical conditions.