Sleep behavior disorders and associations with health-related quality of life


  • Sleep behavior problems (SBP) in children predict later health-related quality of life (HRQoL) psychosocial and physical impairments; attending to both SBP and HRQoL early could prevent progression of concurrent internalizing (e.g. anxiety) and externalizing (e.g. hyperactivity) symptoms.

Why this matters

  • Sleep behavior problems are common in children, particularly those with anxiety and hyperactivity disorders, and they play a role in long-term functional outcomes; however, the direction of this association is largely unknown.

  • Early intervention of SBP and its psychosocial comorbidities may have important implications for long-term social functioning and HRQoL in affected children.