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Despite apparent similarities to adult sleep medicine, the disorders of paediatric sleep medicine have a distinct epidemiology and pathophysiology. During childhood, the physiology of sleep develops and matures, resulting in changing patterns of normal behaviours and of sleep disorders. Through a fictional case scenario, this article aims to convey the range and complexity of disorders that may be encountered and the various investigations and treatments available to the paediatric sleep physician.pmid:18797564 fatcat:ij7xzxufvrcqdni6uqgrgmc7ye