The Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders

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)
  • Fussiness
  • Trouble focusing or paying attention in 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 - difficulty with falling asleep and staying alseep.
    • Sleep apena -  briefly stops breathing many times during the night because of a partial or complete blockage in the respiratory tract.
    • Narcolepsy - strong, uncontrollable urge to sleep, falling asleep for a few minutes or an hour at a time, often in inappropriate places. He or she awakens refreshed but becomes sleep again as the cycle repeats itself. 
    • Nightmares - especially common in middle childhood, where the child typically awakens because of a scary dream.
    • Sleep walking - about 15 percent of children, ages 5-12, 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. 
      This 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.