Disrupted Sleep

All children can experience difficulty falling or staying asleep every now and then, but a pediatric sleep disorder goes beyond the occasional restless night. Children who don't get enough restorative sleep increase their risk of developing significant health issues, including delayed growth, memory inattention and behavioral problems.

Pediatric sleep disorders have multiple causes that range from poor sleep habits to medical concerns like sleep apnea or periodic limb movement disorder.

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Outlook

Talk to your doctor if your child exhibits any of the following pediatric sleep disorder symptoms:

  • Breathing pauses during sleep
  • Nightly prolonged snoring
  • Restless, poor-quality sleep
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Difficulty awakening in the morning

An overnight sleep study, called a polysomnogram, is the best way to diagnose pediatric sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Other testing may include:

  • Multiple sleep latency testing for narcolepsy and primary hypersomnia
  • CPAP titration studies
  • Actigraphy

If left untreated, pediatric sleep disorders can have serious consequences for your child’s health and development. Personalized care that helps your child get needed rest can improve mental, emotional and physical health.

Why Choose Penn State Health Children’s Hospital for Care

Ranked Among the Nation’s Best

Penn State Health Children's Hospital is proud to be one of the nation's top children's hospitals.

  • Our family-friendly atmosphere focuses on making all children comfortable and at ease while receiving the care they need.
  • U.S. News and World Report has ranked us as one of the best children’s hospitals every year. Learn more about our rankings. We are one of only 84 children's hospitals recognized in any specialty.
  • We are one of eight hospitals in the country, and the only one in Pennsylvania, to be named as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center by The American College of Surgeons for excellence in pediatric surgical care.

Support Groups

Support groups provide children and their families an opportunity to connect with others in similar situations. Learn more about the support groups offered at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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