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Front. Psychiatry | doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00874

Multi-method assessment of sleep in children with Angelman syndrome: A case-controlled study

 Jayne Trickett1, 2*, Chris Oliver2, Mary Heald2, 3,  Hayley Denyer2, 4, Andrew Surtees2, 3,  Emma Clarkson5,  Paul Gringras6, 7 and  Caroline Richards2
  • 1Health Sciences, College of Life Sciences, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 2Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 3Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital, United Kingdom
  • 4Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Faculty of Population Health Sciences, University College London, United Kingdom
  • 5Other, United Kingdom
  • 6Sleep Medicine Services, Evelina London Children's Hospital, United Kingdom
  • 7Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom

Objectives: To assess sleep quality and timing in children with Angelman syndrome (AS) with sleep problems using questionnaires and actigraphy and contrast sleep parameters to those of typically developing (TD) children matched for age and sex.
Methods: Week-long actigraphy assessments were undertaken with children with AS (n=20) with parent-reported sleep difficulties and compared with age and sex matched TD controls. The presence of severe sleep problems was assessed using the modified Simonds and Parraga sleep questionnaire. Sleep hygiene was measured using the Family Inventory of Sleep Habits.
Results: Actigraphy and parent-completed sleep diary data indicated that children with AS had significantly earlier bedtimes (p=.003, Cohen d= .47) and poorer sleep efficiency (78%, p=.04, d= .33) than TD children (84%). No significant differences in total sleep time, sleep onset latency or wake after sleep onset were found between the two groups. The expected relationship between later bedtimes and increasing age found for the TD group (p<.001, β .78) was not evidenced for the AS group (p=.09, β .39). Considerable inter-individual and night to night variation in actigraphy assessed total sleep time and wake after sleep onset was found for children with AS compared to TD children. Parent report indicated that a greater proportion of children with AS had severe night waking problems compared to TD children (81% versus 5%). No significant differences in sleep hygiene and excessive daytime sleepiness were found between the two groups (p>.05).
Conclusions: This study reports the largest objective dataset of sleep quality parameters in children with AS. Sleep quality in this group was characterised by poor efficiency and significant intra- and inter-individual variability that warrants further investigation. This variability should inform assessment and intervention for sleep in children with AS, as averages of total sleep, even across a seven day period may not capture the difficulties with night waking highlighted by parental questionnaire report.

Keywords: Sleep, Actigraphy, Angelman Syndrome, Intellectual Disability, case-control

Received: 29 Jul 2019; Accepted: 06 Nov 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Trickett, Oliver, Heald, Denyer, Surtees, Clarkson, Gringras and Richards. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Jayne Trickett, College of Life Sciences, University of Leicester, Health Sciences, Leicester, United Kingdom,