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OP-140 Sleep characteristics in preschool and school-aged children and the effect of household chaos on sleep habits
  1. Fatma Hilal Kavak1,
  2. Meltem İleri2
  1. 1Anamur Devlet Hastanesi
  2. 2Etlik Şehir Hastanesi


Aim Sleep is fundamental daily life activity crucial for maintaining human health and well-being. The significance of environmental factors in promoting good sleep hygiene and reducing sleep issues is considerable. One of these environmental factors is of household chaos. Domestic chaos is thought to be important in the sleep patterns of school-age children, especially for whom routines are important. This study aims to determine of 5–11 year old children, the factors affecting their sleep habits, and the effects of home order and chaos on their sleep habits.

Material and Method This study included patients aged 5–11 years old who presented to the outpatient clinics of the Sami Ulus Children’s Hospital. Participants were asked about their sociodemographic characteristics, physical features of their homes. The ’Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire’(CSHQ) was used to assess sleep habits, and the Confusion, Hubbub, and Order Scale(CHAOS) were used to evaluate household chaos. The CSHQ total scores were calculated as >41 for children with sleep problems. High scores obtained from the CHAOS questionnaire that parents provided sufficient information to evaluate their homes as either orderly or chaotic.

Results The average age of the 287 participants in the study was 7.65 years.69% of children had sleep problems. The risk of experiencing sleep problems increases with age. There was a significant negative relationship between CHAOS-Order scores and the CSHQ score, and a significant positive relationship between CHAOS-Hubbub scores and the CSHQ score (table 1). The organization in the home was negatively associated with the screen time of fathers and children, the number of household members and siblings. There was a positive relationship between the physical environment of the home, the number of household members, and chaos. Paternal education was negatively associated with chaos.

Abstract OP-140 Table 1

Correlation between CHSQ total scores and CHAOS scale scores

Conclusions In this study, it was demonstrated that children aged 5–11 years old experience a high prevalence of sleep problems, and those experiencing sleep issues are exposed to household chaos. To develop healthy sleep habits in children, families should be educated about sleep routines and a conducive home environment.

  • Child
  • Sleep Habits
  • Household Chaos
  • Order
  • Hubbub

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