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Sleep disorders

Sleep disorders refer to changes in sleep patterns that can affect the amount, timing and quality of sleep someone receives. They can also be related to mental health issues. Common sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

Pediatric sleep specialists in Greater Denver

When you know you're child isn't sleeping well, but aren't sure what to do, we can help.

The Sleep Lab at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children offers diagnostic testing and careful treatment planning. Together, we will give you the resources you need to get your child the rest they deserve.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free health-related information is available just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free health-related information is available just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Types of pediatric sleep disorders we treat

Sleep disorders can affect children at any age, leading to a host of problems that can disrupt their lives. Our sleep disorder specialists treat these sleep problems in children, including:

  • Circadian rhythm disorder
  • Confusional arousals
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Infant sleep problems
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Nightmares and night terrors
  • Periodic limb movement disorder
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Rhythmic movement disorders
  • Sleep apnea
  • Sleep-disordered breathing
  • Sleep terrors
  • Sleepwalking

Services we offer for sleep disorders

Sleep is the foundation of our daily wellness, and we understand that this is more important than ever for your growing child. That's why we work with you and your child to understand their unique condition and establish proper treatment.

Treatment for pediatric sleep disorders

Poor sleep can often lead to problems with behavior, relationships and focus, so our priority is making sure every child that walks through our doors is able to have a healthy, regular sleep schedule.

While some issues may require medical intervention, your child’s sleep problem may be solved by lifestyle changes, such as establishing a bedtime routine. Often, sleep problems are a symptom of another condition. In that case, our pediatric sleep specialists will collaborate with you to be sure your child gets the best treatment to improve sleep and return them to good health.

If necessary, a sleep treatment, such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, is available. A CPAP machine treats obstructive sleep apnea in children, a common, but serious, sleep disorder. The machine delivers air into a mask that is placed over your child’s nose, and the continuous pressure keeps the airway open.

What to expect at our pediatric sleep center

We understand that it can be concerning when your child is having trouble falling asleep or waking up tired. We want to assure you that we are here to help. In a relaxed, child-friendly setting, we begin your child's first consultation with a full medical evaluation, taking into account your child's physical, psychological, and social histories. We work closely with your child's primary care doctor to ensure the best possible care, from diagnosis to treatment and follow-up.

Our diligent sleep specialists work tirelessly to properly diagnose every child, so you can rest easy knowing that your child can do the same. Testing is essential in diagnosing sleep disorders in children and understanding underlying problems that may affect sleep, so perform a wide range of non-invasive, pain-free tests.

Parent resources

We believe it's important for you to have the resources you need to make informed decisions about your child's sleep-related care. This is particularly important when it comes to teenagers, as the combination of hormonal changes and social pressures can have a dramatic impact on their sleep patterns.

Teenagers and sleep

As a parent, you may have noticed that your teenager often complains about not getting enough sleep and tries to catch up whenever they can. However, it's essential to understand that teens are still growing and need more sleep than adults. On average, they should get eight hours to nine hours of sleep each night, but this can vary for each child.

Lack of sleep can lead to a variety of issues, such as:

  • Acne
  • Acting out
  • Inappropriate behavior
  • Overreacting

Sleep deprivation in young athletes can also increase the likelihood of injury and make them more prone to obesity.

So, although it may be tempting for your teen to stay up late, it's important to encourage them to prioritize getting enough sleep each night and avoid going into “sleep debt.” If your teenager is struggling to get enough sleep or appears excessively sleepy, consult with their primary care provider or the pediatric sleep specialists at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.