Early childhood adversity associations with nightmare severity and sleep spindles

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PDF: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Z0pi4y2Nqso8y

Early childhood adversity associations with nightmare severity andsleep spindles*

Tore Nielsen, Michelle Carr, Claudia Picard-Deland, Louis-Philippe Marquis, Kadia Saint-Onge, Cloé Blanchette-Carrière, Tyna Paquette


Objective: Childhood adversity figures prominently in the clinical histories of children and adolescents suffering from a panoply of physical, mental or sleep disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder. But the nature and prevalence of early adversity in the case of idiopathic nightmare-prone individuals have received little study. We characterize the types and frequencies of self-reported childhood adversity for nightmare-prone individuals using the developmentally sensitive Traumatic Antecedents Questionnaire (TAQ) and assess relationships between separation adversity and sleep spindles. Method: The TAQ was administered to 73 non-treatment-seeking volunteers with frequent idiopathic nightmares and 67 healthy controls. Nightmare severity, anxiety, depression, alexithymia and past and present sleep disorders were also assessed. Sleep was recorded with polysomnography (PSG) for 90 participants and sleep spindles were…

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About Tore Nielsen

Researcher at University of Montreal and Director of Dream & Nightmare Laboratory
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