Sleep Disorders and Conditions in Children

The expert pediatric sleep team at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is experienced in treating a wide range of sleep disorders in children. These include:

  • Circadian rhythm disorders: Children of any age with sleep wake schedule problems sleep during the day and are awake at night. Our team uses Chrono Therapy, a technique where sleep hours are gradually pushed forward hour by hour over time so that the patient is able to sleep at normal times at night.
  • Insomnia: This condition can cause a range of issues such as difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep or waking up too early and not being able to fall back asleep.
  • Narcolepsy: Caused by overwhelming sleepiness, children with narcolepsy fall asleep involuntarily during the day or nap frequently.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea: With this condition, a child may gasp when snoring due to an interruption in breathing.
  • Restless leg syndrome: Sometimes known as growing pains, restless leg syndrome can cause an uncomfortable feeling in their legs.
  • Separation anxiety: Generally around the age of 6 months, your child may begin to experience separation anxiety or an anxious state when parents leave the room, especially at bedtime.
  • Sleepwalking, sleep talking, night terrors and nightmares: Perhaps from viewing too much violence, our team uses Imagery Rehearsal Therapy to help patients choose the scenes and images that they would like to see in their dreams.
  • School performance due to sleep issues: Our team helps children who miss school due to sleep issues, including those who have trouble waking up in morning, fall asleep during the day or take long naps during the day.
  • Specialized behavioral needs: In children with conditions such as autism, ADHD, anxiety disorders, eating disorders or other issues, our team can help with the behavioral aspects of care.
  • Chronic illness: For individuals that are adjusting to chronic illnesses such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or other conditions, we help with issues that affect sleep such as managing side effects of medication, setting up physical activity plans and helping patients transition to any new therapies for their specific conditions.
  • Family history of sleep problems