Children need a good night’s sleep to be at their best and to remain healthy. Drowsy children have trouble concentrating at school, are less active and may develop behavioral problems. If a child is not sleeping well, the cause could be a sleep disorder. Mather’s Sleep Disorders Center can diagnose sleep disorders in children as young as 3 years old.
Some common sleep disorders in children are:
- Bedtime fears
- Bedtime refusal
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep alone
- Nightmares and sleep terrors
- Poor sleep habits
- Sleep walking or sleep talking
- Sleep apnea
- Restless legs syndrome
After a thorough medical examination, children may undergo an overnight sleep study in a comfortable, private room designed for children. A parent stays with the child overnight. Technologists attach monitoring equipment to the child and look for signs such as abnormal breathing, restlessness, abnormal heart rhythm, sleep apnea, snoring and overall sleep quality.
A sleep consultation can be set up through a referral from your primary care physician or by calling the Sleep Center directly. Most insurance companies cover the cost of the consultation, testing and treatment for sleep disorders.