What are the racial predilections of pediatric sleep disorders?

Updated: Oct 09, 2018
  • Author: Sufen Chiu, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Specific racial risk factors may predispose certain individuals to a sleep-wake disorder. African Americans present more often with narcolepsy without cataplexy or with atypical cataplexy. They may be more prone to having advanced sleep phase–type sleep disorder because of having a shorter circadian period and larger magnitude of phase advances to light than whites. Asian Americans may be at increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea despite having low body mass index (BMI).


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