Sleeping and dreams in learning‐disabled boys

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ABSTRACT— Ten learning‐disabled (LD) boys were compared with eight control boys. The boys with learning difficulities reported shorter sleep latency but more frequent awakenings, longer nocturnal sleep, and increased complaints of daytime sleepiness than the controls. The dreams of the LD boys were less bizarre than those of the controls, and the LD boys used fewer words to describe their dreams. The findings may reflect a functional relation between experienced sleep‐related difficulties, some components of dreams, and learning disabilities in school children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-105
Number of pages3
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • dreams
  • learning disability
  • sleep disorders

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