Sleep and Wellness

Sleep Facts

- Obese children are 10 times more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which further disrupts sleep and makes them 7 times more likely to experience continued weight gain and hypertension

- Early life predictors of obesity include short sleep duration (less than 10.5 hours) during infancy and early childhood

- Insufficient duration or disrupted (poor quality/OSA) sleep at night results in:

  • Increased cortisol levels and altered glucose tolerance
  • Release of inflammatory cytokines
  • Increase in SNS activity (hypertension)
  • 20 percent decrease in production of leptin (appetite suppressant)
  • 15 percent to 30 percent increase in the production of ghrelin (appetite stimulant)

- Short sleep duration is common in school-aged children, affecting 43 percent of sixth graders, and even worse in young teens, affecting 70 percent of high-school seniors

Make a referral - Call 404-785-2974 or download the polysomnogram (PSG) order form and fax to 404-785-2211.

Speak with a sleep specialist - If you have further questions that you would like to discuss with a Children's sleep specialist call 404-785-2974.