Sleep medicine is a relatively new field for children and it's rapidly changing, but East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has some of the area's 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. Our entire staff, from the physicians and nurses to all technicians, are experts in caring for children.
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 center. For more information, call the Sleep Medicine Center at 865-541-8478.
Can Your Child Benefit from a Sleep Study?
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. The sleep conditions we treat include:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (difficulty breathing while asleep, blockage of airflow)
- Central sleep apnea
- Idiopathic hypersomnia
- Behavioral insomnia of childhood
- Circadian rhythm sleep disorders
- Sleep talking
- Sleep walking
- Teeth grinding (Bruxism)
- REM behavior disorder
- Restless leg syndrome
- Nocturnal enuresis
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
- 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
No matter what the problem is with your child's sleep, the Sleep Medicine Center can evaluate the situation and make treatment recommendations that are best for your child.
Sleep Test Preparations
Follow these steps to prepare for your child's sleep study at Children's Hospital:
- Your child should not have caffeine or chocolate after 11 a.m.
- No afternoon naps after 2 p.m. if your child is over the age of 5.
- Bring any formula, diapers or pacifiers your baby may need overnight. Sleep wear should be worn or brought from home.
- Make sure your child is bathed and his hair is washed before arrival.
- Your child should take his usual medicines as directed throughout the evening. If your child is having a CPAP or BiPAP study, bring the mask and headgear that you previously received from your doctor.
- Bring your child's pillow, favorite blanket or stuffed animal.
- Eat before arriving at the Sleep Center. You may bring snacks and drinks with you.
- Arrive at the Sleep Center by 7:30 p.m.
- We can only accommodate one parent per patient. If your child needs both parents to stay with him, call our office 24 hours prior to the study.
- If your child is sick the day of the study, call before the appointment to reschedule.
- If needed, arrange for transportation to pick up by 6:30 a.m.
The test will begin close to your child's bedtime and end between 5:30 and 6 a.m. the next morning. Technicians will not give you the results of your child's test. If you have any other questions regarding your child's sleep study, please call the Sleep Medicine Center at 865-541-8478.