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2018 W Clinch Ave
Knoxville, TN 37916
865-541-8000

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Sleep Medicine Center

Children's Sleep Medicine Center

Sleep medicine is a relatively new field for children and it's rapidly changing, but Children's Hospital has the best resources to help children get a good night's sleep. A child's medical and emotional needs are unique, and this is especially true when dealing with sleep issues. Sleep studies involve lots of tape and wire, but no needles. So, we can comfort children and parents that there is nothing to fear. Our entire staff, from the physicians and nurses to all technicians, are experts in caring for children.

The doctor in our Sleep Medicine Center is Ehab Mansoor M.D.


Can Your Child Benefit from a Sleep Study?

Here are some of the many signs that might tell parents a child could benefit from a sleep study:

  • Sleep disorders, including: snoring, noisy breathing, sleeping with open mouth, difficulty breathing
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent awakenings during the night
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Daytime emotional and behavioral problems
  • Excessive sleepiness during the daytime
  • Change in school performance

Doctor Treats Girl at Sleep Center

Sleep Conditions We Treat

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (difficulty breathing while asleep, blockage of airflow)
  • Central sleep apnea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Idiopathic hypersomnia
  • Insomnia
  • Behavioral insomnia of childhood
  • Circadian rhythm sleep disorders
  • Parasomnias
  • Sleep talking
  • Sleep walking
  • Teeth grinding (Bruxism)
  • REM behavior disorder
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Nocturnal enuresis
Sleep Study for Kids

Sleep disorders can be found in approximately one out of every five children. While it might seem more bothersome to parents than problematic, a sleep disorder could be an underlying reason for a serious health issue such as hyperactivity, learning disability or even certain types of heart disease.

No matter what the problem is with your child's sleep, the Children's Sleep Medicine Center can evaluate the situation and make treatment recommendations that are best for your child.


Your child's primary care physician or pediatrician can schedule a Sleep Study directly with us or you can schedule an appointment for an evaluation in our Pediatric Sleep Clinic. For more information call Children's Sleep Medicine Center at 541-8478.

Sleep Study Preparation

Sleep Test Preparations

Follow these steps to prepare for your child's sleep study at Children's Hospital:

  1. No caffeine after 11 a.m.
  2. No naps after 2 p.m.
  3. Bring formula, diapers, pacifiers, etc. for baby needs. Sleep attire should be worn or brought from home.
  4. Take medications as directed and bring any medications that need to be taken through the night. The sleep lab is unable to provide medications. Also bring a current list of medications prescribed for the child.
  5. May bring your own pillow, favorite blanket and/or stuffed animal, etc.
  6. The cafeteria closes at 7 p.m., so please make arrangements for dinner prior to reporting for the test. Vending machines are available on the ground floor.
  7. Please report to Admitting/Registration on the 1st Floor of Children's Hospital at 7:30 p.m.
  8. We can only accommodate one parent per patient. If you feel your child requires both parents to stay, please contact our office 24 hours prior to the study.
  9. We recommend that parents do not sleep in the same bed as the child during the sleep study. If the child normally sleeps with parents, you will need to prepare your child for this.
  10. If the child is sick/congested, this can affect the sleep study. Please make the technician aware of this when confirming the appointment.
  11. Technicians are unable to relay any information about your child's test results. You will be able to access results by talking to your doctor.

A sleep tech will begin the testing process at 7:30 p.m. and end the study at 6 a.m. the following morning. Please notify the staff when scheduling if any adjustments need to be made due to any special circumstances.