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Sleep is very important for the health of children, but what if they're struggling to rest through the night? Conditions ranging from sleep apnea to night terrors raise a lot of questions, and East Tennessee Children's Hospital is working to find answers as the only pediatric sleep center in the region designed just for children. A sleep study is known as a polysomnogram, a painless process involves an overnight stay at Children's Sleep Medicine Center. The sleep study can help determine whether lifestyle, a health complication or a clinical disorder is responsible for lack of sleep.
Pediatric sleep medicine is a relatively new field for children and it's rapidly changing, but East Tennessee 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.
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.
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:
Here are some of the many signs that might tell parents a child could benefit from a sleep study:
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.
Follow these steps to prepare for your child's sleep study at Children's Hospital:
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.