Rhythmic movement disorders such as nocturnal head banging (jactatio capitis nocturna), body rocking, and head rolling typically occur in infants and toddlers as they are trying to fall asleep. They can be present in deep sleep and in wakefulness. They are more common in children with learning disabilities. They typically remit by 5 years of age, but may persist into adult life. Management relies on good sleep hygiene and padding the headboard so the rest of the house is not wakened. Rhythmic movement disorders that are not clearly associated with the sleep-wake transition state respond less well to behavioral management techniques and (rarely) medications such as benzodiazepines may be helpful.
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