Tics and Sleep

Tics can occur in isolation or as part of Tourette's syndrome.  Tourette's Syndrome is a movement disorder that commonly starts in childhood.  Tourette's syndrome is characterized by involuntary movements or spontaneous vocalizations.

Children with Tourette's syndrome have a variety of sleep disorders: difficulty falling asleep and difficulty staying asleep, periodic leg jerks and restless sleep. 

If your child has a problem with tics (involuntary body jerks, frequent throat clearing, uncontrolled brief outburst of sounds or single words) or has been diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome,  talk to your neurologist, pediatrician or primary care provider about an evaluation by a sleep specialist.