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Pediatric Sleep Medicine Center

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Sleep is essential for mental and physical restoration and healthy well-being. Yet due to several different reasons, many children aren't getting the proper sleep that they require. This can have a strong impact not only on the child's behavior and health but also on the entire family. 

 

What do Sleep Medicine Specialists do?

Our board-certified Sleep Medicine Specialists have advanced training and certification in evaluating infants, children, and adolescents with particular sleep problems such as:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder and Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Sleep Terrors and other parasomnias
  • Narcolepsy and excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Pediatric sleep disturbances
  • Sleep apnea

Our pediatric sleep specialists have specialized training to read sleep studies and determine proper treatment for your child's specific sleep disorder.
 

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.

Take Sleep Quiz

 

Reasons to see a Sleep Medicine 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 Behavior and Symptoms of Children with 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 can I expect?

  • To be seen by a specialist right away
  • To be fully taken care
  • The issue to be managed in its entirety
  • Intentional time with our specialist (similar to a family doctor)

You will be asked to provide a thorough history that will include questions about the bedtime routine, daytime functioning, and observations a parent might make while their child is sleeping. Your child will be examined and if indicated, further testing will be ordered. A discussion of appropriate sleep habits will often take place as well.

 

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.
  • A specialist available 24 hours a day.