When to Consider a Sleep Evaluation
- Makes other noises during sleep
- Is sleepier than expected during the daytime
- Has trouble falling asleep
- Has trouble staying asleep
- Wets the bed (past the age of 5 years)
- Has trouble falling asleep due to leg discomfort
- Sleepwalks excessively
- Has frequent sleep terrors
- Exhibits sudden behavioral problems at school or at home
- Shows signs of memory dysfunction or a lack of concentration
- Grinds teeth during sleep
- Moves excessively during sleep
- Has a craniofacial abnormality that may contribute to difficulty breathing during sleep
Not all children require a sleep study for treatment and not all treatments require medication. Even if you suspect that the problem is behavioral, you should speak with your child’s physician to ensure proper evaluation.
Common Childhood Sleep Disorders
The patient is unable to fall asleep and/or remain asleep for a reasonable amount of time.
The patient experiences sleep walking, teeth grinding and night terrors. These symptoms are sometimes associated with stress and depression.
A chronic neurological condition caused by the brain’s inability to regulate the sleep-wake cycle normally. Narcoleptics have uncontrollable urges to sleep at inappropriate times during the day. They may also experience muscle weakness after laughing or crying outbursts.
The patient experiences the obstruction of the airway passage during sleep. This often results in pauses in breathing.
Periodic Leg Movements Syndrome (PLMS)
The patient experiences sudden jerking or bending of the arms and legs during sleep. These symptoms can range from small shudders of the ankles and toes to leg kicks and flailing of arms and legs. These periodic movements often wake the sufferer, significantly disturbing the quality of the child’s sleep.