Symptoms and Diagnosis
Few things worry parents as much as a child who can't get restful sleep. Snoring, gasping or pauses in breathing can rob children of the rest they need and may even be signs of more serious problems. Children show symptoms of poor sleep diﬀerently than adults.
Children with poor sleep may exhibit:
- Poor grades
- Daytime sleepiness
- Behavioral problems
- Diﬃculty concentrating
To diagnose sleep problems, our sleep team evaluates your child's sleep history. In some cases, a comprehensive sleep study is needed to observe your child while he or she is sleeping. The results of your child's study will help us determine the appropriate interventions.
Barriers to good sleep include:
- Sleep apnea
- Sleep movement disorder
- Circadian rhythm disorder
Other sleep disorder symptoms include:
- Morning headaches
- Irritability or moodiness
- Poor concentration
- Heartburn at night
- Awakening frequently to urinate
- Awakening with a sore throat
- Frequently awakening with nasal congestion
Is my child a candidate?
Worried that your child may have a sleep disorder? Take the assessment below.
Does your child:
- Often have trouble falling asleep at bedtime?
- Often have trouble sleeping through the night?
- Snore loudly (louder than talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors)?
- Often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during the daytime, even after a "good" night's sleep?
- Stop breathing during sleep?
If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, we recommend you contact one of our sleep specialists to learn more.
We're here to help.
If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staﬀ, please call our oﬃces at 682-303-1300.