How do I know if my child has a sleep disorder?

BEARS is a questionnaire developed by pediatric sleep specialists to help parents and pediatricians decide whether a sleep specialist should be consulted.

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Reasons to see a specialist

You should consider seeing a pediatric Sleep Medicine specialist if your child has:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Loud habitual snoring
  • Restless sleeping
  • Does not seem to be well rested after a good night’s sleep

If your child has behavioral or school difficulties, you may want to ask your primary care provider if this could be the result of a sleep disorder and if a referral to a sleep medicine specialist would be of benefit.

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Common symptoms of sleep disorders

  • Increased irritability
  • Constant fatigue during the day
  • Tired in the morning time
  • Persistent headaches
  • Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms
  • Mood disorder
  • Failure to thrive
  • Difficulties waking up
  • Poor school performance or learning difficulties
  • Excessive movement during sleep associated with non-refreshing sleep

What do Pediatrics Northwest specialists provide?

  • Information on sleep disorders.
  • Recommendations for healthy sleep practices.
  • Recommendations regarding further testing or treatment.
  • Specialized training to read sleep studies and determine the proper treatment for your child’s specific sleep disorder.
  • Evaluation of, and management of sleep disorders including, but not limited to, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.
  • Knowledge of treatment options. A written treatment program with an action plan to help parents and the primary provider respond more effectively to worsening symptoms.
  • Ongoing monitoring of treatment goals.
  • Effective communication with the primary care physician or nurse practitioner regarding the child’s treatment and progress.