ZocdocAnswersAre movement issues in children related to a lack of sleep?

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Are movement issues in children related to a lack of sleep?

My son is in his teens and is doing worse at sports, seems to have gotten clumsy around the house etc. Could this just be his sleep problems?

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It is important to classify these issues of clumsiness a little further as this will be helpful in better understanding the issues that your son is experiencing. Have you noticed that these happened throughout the day or mainly at night? Does you child have any signs of depression or other causes for his sleep problems and worsening movement problems? Have you noticed a recent growth spurt in your child? How many hours a day does your child sleep? Does your child drink a lot of caffeine or stimulants? These are all important questions to consider and discuss with your child's pediatrician as he or she will use the information, along with your child's medical history and presenting symptoms and decide upon the appropriate work up and treatment options. This may include a referral to a specialist depending on what is found. In general, there are many possibilities for why your child may have become more clumsy recently, and this may be related to normal growth and adjusting to a growing body. Of course, there are other possibilities that are more concerning and would require you to be evaluated by your pediatrician for further work up.

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