Children require special attention when undergoing sleep studies so be sure to choose a sleep center with specific pediatric expertise in childhood and adolescent sleep disorders.
Here are a few things parents should be aware of when finding a sleep center appropriate for their child;
The Sleep Physician should have experience in the evaluation and treatment of the pediatric patient. This includes the understanding the differences of communicating with a 4 year old versus a 12 year old. It is also important for the Sleep Physician to be able to communicate with the parents of the child as well.
Technicians should be specially trained sleep experts in pediatrics. Even more specifically, they should be experts in calming the fears of nervous young patients, in providing quality, kid-focused care and helping children get well, all in the comfort of a relaxed, non-threatening environment.
Be sure to choose a center that is Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM, and specializes in pediatric sleep disorders including;
- Breathing problems such as snoring and sleep apnea
- Nightmares/night terrors
- Problems falling asleep and staying asleep
- Excessive sleepiness and trouble waking
- Teen sleep problems
- Sleep walking
Once you’ve found a sleep center that works, there are a few things to be aware of. Sleep studies for children are 9-10 hours long which is 30-40% longer than most adult studies. During a child’s sleep study, parents are required to stay overnight with them. A second bed is often in the room so both parent and child can be comfortable. Parents are encouraged to to bring any items that may make your child more comfortable, such as a favorite stuffed animal or aDVD they watch regularly before bed.