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Table 3 Children's stated reasons for their insomnia n = 75

From: Hypnosis for treatment of insomnia in school-age children: a retrospective chart review

  Number reporting Average age (yrs.) +/- S.D.
Stressed by academic issues 21 13.1 +/- 2.1
Fears (being alone, darkness, dying, nightmares, or kidnapping) 19 10.4 +/- 2.4
Stressed by expectations of parents 15 12.6 +/- 2.0
Stressed by parental separation or divorce 11 12.5 +/- 2.7
Difficulty with peers 9 13.4 +/- 3.4
Environmental distraction (e.g., noise in bedroom) 4 10.3 +/- 1.9
Abuse in early childhood 4 13.3 +/- 1.9
Worries about own health 3 12.0 +/- 1.0
Recent move of child with family 3 11.7 +/- 2.5
Loss of significant person (as a result of move or death) 3 11.7 +/- 3.8
Can't stop thinking 2 14.0 +/- 4.2
Upset they cannot fall asleep 2 12.0 +/- 1.0
Blames self for maternal suicide 1 12
Worried about sexual orientation 1 12
Reasons cited only following use of hypnosis for insight   
Worried about safety of family 5 13.2 +/- 1.6
Worried about growing up 2 14.0 +/- 1.6
Too sensitive to other people's fears 1 12