Special Issue "Sleep Disorders in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marco Filardi
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Basic Medicine, Neuroscience and Sense Organs, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, 70121 Bari, Italy
2. Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Aging Brain, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”–A.O. Pia Fond “Card. G. Panico” Hospital, 73039 Tricase, Italy
Interests: sleep disorders; central disorders of hypersomnolence; sleep and cognition; sleep in neurodegenerative disorders; actigraphy; physical activity; neurocognitive processes; pediatric sleep research
Prof. Dr. Lino Nobili
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Neurosciences, Rehabilitation, Ophthalmology, Genetics, Maternal and Child Health, University of Genoa, 16128 Genova, Italy
2. Child Neuropsychiatry Unit, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico Istituto Giannina Gaslini, 16147 Genoa, Italy
Interests: sleep medicine; sleep and epilepsy; epilepsy surgery; pediatric sleep medicine
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Prof. Dr. Oliviero Bruni
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Guest Editor
Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Sapienza University, 00185 Rome, Italy
Interests: sleep disorders in children; electroencephalogram and Cyclic Alternating Pattern in children; sleep patterns in mental retardation; learning disabilities and dyslexia; sleep and cognition in learning impaired children

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The last decades saw a growing interest in the study of sleep in children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). The amount of scientific publications on sleep disorders in children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, developmental coordination disorders, and intellectual disabilities has increased dramatically over the past years, reflecting the growing awareness that children with NNDs may frequently have sleep problems.

Nonetheless, this research field is still in its infancy, and the complex relationship between sleep alteration and neurodevelopment disorders is far from being fully understood. For example, while it is well known that some symptoms and behaviours of children with NDDs tend to change as the child grows, whether this is true also for sleep disturbances is yet to be investigated.

Likewise, the mechanisms by which sleep disturbances contribute to behavioural symptoms and neurocognitive deficits remain unclear.

This Special Issue will focus on sleep disturbances in children with NDDs by exploring the bidirectional relationship between sleep and neurodevelopmental disorders and the consequences of sleep alterations on children’s daytime functioning and overall health.

Three main research topics will be addressed in this Special Issue: 1) the prevalence and characteristics of sleep disorders in specific NDDs, 2) the relationship between behavioural and neurocognitive impairments and sleep alterations, and 3) the longitudinal course of sleep abnormalities in neurodevelopment disorders.

We welcome studies that investigate sleep by means of both objective (video-PSG, actigraphy) and subjective approaches, as well as studies that investigate neurocognitive and behavioural symptoms with respect to sleep alterations.

The management of patients with neurodevelopment disorders can be difficult and is strongly based on a multidisciplinary approach; therefore, with this Special Issue, we aim to provide physicians that are not experts in sleep disorders the knowledge necessary to increase the recognition and improve the management of sleep disorders in children with NDD.

Dr. Marco Filardi
Prof. Dr. Lino Nobili
Prof. Dr. Oliviero Bruni
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Children is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sleep quality
  • neurodevelopment disorders
  • daytime dysfunction
  • cognition
  • polysomnography
  • actigraphy
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • developmental coordination disorders
  • intellectual disabilities

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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