Sleep disorders in children are very common and can cause difficulty learning and behavioral disturbances. Children can experience the same sleep difficulties as adults and may include: snoring and sleep apnea, insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, and restless leg syndrome. If your child is experiencing any of these issues, it is important to for them to be evaluated by a certified sleep physician.
At the initial consultation visit, a structured sleep history will be taken which will assess: the sleep/wake schedule, difficulties initiating or maintaining sleep, presence of snoring, any abnormal movements or behavior during sleep, as well as daytime symptoms. A detailed past medical history as well as medication review will also be conducted as certain medical conditions and medications can impact sleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children
Snoring is very common in children; especially during times of illness. Snoring is not always indicative of sleep apnea. If snoring or other noisy breathing is ongoing and is accompanied by daytime sleepiness or restless sleep, further evaluation should be considered. Significant tonsillar enlargement as well as obesity predispose children to issues with obstructive sleep apnea. If sleep apnea is suspected, a sleep study is indicated.
Other Sleep Disorders
Although uncommon, children may experience other sleep disorders such as Narcolepsy, Sleep-related epilepsy, and Rhythmic Movement Disorder. At your consultation visit, your certified sleep physician will gather information and order sleep testing as needed based on findings.