Pediatric Sleep Center

Pediatric Sleep Specialists Provide Expert Care for Children with Sleep Disorders

The Pediatric Sleep Center at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center treats complex sleep cases in infants, children and teens, and provides sleep studies for children with special needs or conditions that require advanced medical care.

We know that healthy sleep is vital for every child’s optimal mental, emotional and physical development. Yet according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sleep disturbances in some form are seen in as many as 30 percent of all children, and biological clock delays may be seen in more than 10 percent of adolescents. Poor sleep in children can lead to problems such as:

  • Behavioral issues
  • Daytime sleepiness and chronic fatigue
  • Impaired learning
  • Poor school performance
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Worsening of other health problems like hypertension, headache or chronic pain
  • Increased risk of other health problems
  • Increased risk for car accidents for teenage drivers

Also, medications taken for conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or allergies can result in sleep problems in children.

Sleep Problems and Teens

More than 45 percent of teenagers do not get enough sleep, which affects their reaction time, decision-making, memory and mood. It can also put young drivers at an increased risk for car crashes. Teens experience a dramatic shift in the natural sleep/wake cycle, called the circadian rhythm, making it difficult for a good sleep experience. Our sleep experts at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Sleep Center have exceptional experience in adolescent sleep disorders and pay specific attention to the social, emotional and developmental needs of teens.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

Recognized pediatric sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia and narcolepsy can have many causes. That is why UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Sleep Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in children. In addition to our core Pediatric Sleep Center specialists, other medical specialists may be called upon to help diagnose or treat a child’s sleep disorder, including:

  • Allergy and immunologists
  • Cardiologists
  • Child life specialists
  • Craniofacial specialists
  • Development and behavioral pediatricians
  • Dentists and orthodontists
  • Endocrinologists and specialists in childhood obesity
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Geneticists
  • Neonatologists
  • Nephrologists (kidney and hypertension)
  • Neurologists and/or specialists in children’s epilepsy
  • Otolaryngologists (ENT)
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Pulmonologists (lung doctors)
  • Rheumatologists
  • Surgeons
  • Urologists

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