Children can have sleep disorders that negatively affect their behavior. Hyperactivity, inability to stay focused or pay attention, difficulty staying awake during the day or even bedwetting can all be signs that your child may have a sleep disorder.
Common sleep problems among children
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Sleep-onset association disorder - occurs when a child associates or closely connects falling asleep with another activity, such as being rocked to sleep, sleeping with a parent, nursing a child to sleep
- Night terrors
- Inadequate sleep hygiene - activities or habits that interfere with the ability to fall asleep or stay asleep, such as irregular bedtime schedule and napping during the day
Enlarged tonsils can prevent proper breathing during the night, causing sleep apnea. Research has also linked enlarged tonsils to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD
Sleep studies designed especially for children
Your child will be assessed by a team of University of Florida physicians prior to his or her sleep study. You and your child are invited to tour the center and meet with our sleep technicians to learn more about what will happen during the study.
Parents may stay overnight in a room attached to their child’s room, if they wish. This often helps relieve anxiety and creates a more positive experience. We are the only facility in Jacksonville that provides such accommodations.
Follow-up appointment will be scheduled within two weeks after the study. During that time, our pediatric sleep medicine physician will meet with you to review your child’s results and discuss treatment options based on his or her individual needs to achieve the best possible outcome.
At the UF Health Sleep Centers in Jacksonville, our goal is to schedule your child’s sleep study as quickly as possible and to provide results and a treatment plan in a timely manner.
Most insurance plans are accepted. Patients may need a referral from their physician.