Toddlers who won't sleep through the night. Children who sleep fitfully or who repeatedly climb in their parents' bed. Teens who stay up half the night and sleep half the day. Are these scenarios happening in your home? If so, are your children going through normal phases, or is there a bigger issue at hand?
The Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders was created to provide consultation and therapeutic management for the wide variety of sleep disorders that can affect children. A comprehensive approach to sleep medicine is maintained with a focus on the behavioral, developmental, neurological, and pulmonary issues that result in pediatric sleep disorders.
Diagnosing the Problem
Common symptoms of sleep disorders include the following:
- Excessive tiredness
- Tendency to fall asleep during the day
- Sleep-related injuries (such as those that result from dozing off while driving).
- A tired child might have trouble focusing or paying attention at school, which can lead to lower grades.
Avoiding Long-term Issues
While extreme sleepiness can affect many aspects of day-to-day life, chronic sleep problems can contribute to long-term health issues. Studies show that sleep deprivation can go hand-in-hand with diabetes risk, blood pressure problems and weight issues.
Common Sleep Disorders
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, these are the five most common sleep disorders for children:
- Insomnia - A child with insomnia may have difficulty with falling to sleep, staying asleep... (More to come)
- Sleep Apnea - A child with sleep apnea briefly stops breathing many times during the night because of a partial or complete blockage in the respiratory tract.
- Narcolepsy - A child with narcolepsy has a strong, uncontrollable urge to sleep. She may fall asleep for a few minutes or an hour at a time, often in inappropriate places. She awakens refreshed, but becomes sleepy again as the cycle repeats itself.
- Nightmares - Nightmares are especially common in middle childhood. The child typically awakens because of a scary dream.
- Sleep walking - About 15 percent of children ages 5 to 12 have at least one sleep-walking episode. Boys tend to be more affected than girls, and episodes usually occur during the first half of nighttime sleep.
center was the first of its kind in South Carolina. It is managed by the American Academy of Sleep and is dedicated to the management of sleep disorders in children. A
physician referral is required.
To learn more about The Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders or to schedule an appointment, please call (864) 454-5660.