This is a mini review of two new sleep screening inventories, the Sleep Disorders Inventory for Students-Revised (SDIS-R) and the Sleep Disorders Inventory for Adults (SDI-A). They screen for the major sleep disorders in children and adolescents, and most of the major sleep disorders in adults. The SDIS-R and SDI-A keep with the tradition of having all the strong psychometric strengths, nationwide norming, computerized scoring, and report writing qualities of the original Sleep Disorders Inventory for Students (SDIS), but there are many innovative and improved features added to the SDIS-R and SDI-A. These new features make universal screening of children and adults easy, inexpensive, and more accurate than ever before.
Approximately 20%–25% of the pediatric population will likely develop a sleep disorder sometime during childhood or adolescence. Studies have shown that untreated sleep disorders can negatively affect cognitive abilities, and academic and behavior performance.
An extensive list of published and unpublished instruments used to investigate or evaluate sleep issues in children was collected and assessed based on the fundamental operational principles of instrument development
One of the biggest pediatric health issues facing our country is the large number of children and adolescents with sleep problems or sleep disorders that go unidentified and untreated.1 Most parents and pediatric professionals believe that infants and toddlers with sleep problems or sleep disorders will outgrow them by the time they reach elementary school.
One out of every three elementary school age children suffers serious sleep problems(1). While some of these may disappear during childhood, 12–15% of all students may have a sleep problem impacting their daytime functioning that will not disappear without treatment (2).