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Sleep Upset Paired with Depression in Kids

Sleep Upset Paired with Depression in Kids

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 2 -- Poor sleep is a frequent companion of depression in children, according to researchers here.

Just like in adults, sleep disturbances and depression go hand in hand in children, reported Xianchen Liu, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh, in the Jan. 1 issue of Sleep.

In research conducted as part of a larger study in Hungary, Dr. Liu and colleagues found that 72.7% of 553 children with a current depressive episode also reported a sleep disturbance.

Among the study participants, 53.5% had insomnia alone, 9.0% had hypersomnia alone, and 10.1% had both disturbances, the researchers found.

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