At Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, our pediatric-trained sleep specialists are skilled at diagnosing and treating children and teens with a wide range of sleep disorders, including:
- Abnormal movements in sleep
- Bedtime resistance
- Hypersomnia (abnormal daytime sleepiness)
- Insomnia (difficulty sleeping at night)
- Nighttime awakenings
- Sleep terrors
- Restless legs syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder
- Snoring, obstructive sleep apnea
Should I be worried if my kid snores?
It may be appropriate to schedule an overnight sleep study, also called a polysomnogram, if your child snores loud enough to disrupt his sleep, resulting in:
- Daytime problems with sleepiness
- Difficulty with behavior, especially in a younger child
- Difficulty paying attention in school
- Declining academic performance
At Children’s, we offer two kinds of sleep evaluations to help figure out why your child may not be sleeping well: a daytime sleep consultation and an overnight sleep study.
Daytime sleep consultations
The first step to evaluating and managing a sleep disorder may be a daytime consultation with a sleep disorder doctor in an outpatient clinic. These office visits can be arranged by a parent or a referring physician, such as your child’s primary care physician.
During these consultations, a doctor will:
- Discuss the problem in depth with you and your child.
- Examine your child.
- Devise a treatment or management plan with follow-up to monitor progress.
If our sleep disorder doctor feels it is necessary, he may arrange for additional testing, such as an overnight sleep study.
Overnight sleep studies
An overnight sleep study is a test that looks at what happens to your child’s body when he is sleeping. Your child’s doctor will use the test results to diagnose any sleep or breathing disorder that is evident.
Overnight sleep studies are painless and performed overnight in a private room at a Children’s facility with a parent present. They are covered by most insurance companies and require a physician referral or a previous daytime sleep consultation with one of our sleep medicine doctors. Our overnight sleep study team can be reached at 404-785-2974.
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Sleep is just as important as food and water for a child to have the energy it takes to grow up strong and healthy. Sleep deprivation increases hormones that make us crave food high in fat, sugar and salt, which can lead to a greater risk for obesity. Additionally, kids who don’t get enough sleep have trouble paying attention, learning and coping with stress.
What are some good sleep habits for children?
Your child should:
- Have a 20- to 30-minute relaxing bedtime routine that is the same every night. This can include reading a book or talking about his day.
- Go to bed at night and get up in the morning at the same time every day.
- Have a comfortable, quiet and dark bedroom. He will sleep better in a room that is cool.
- Exercise every day.
Your child should not:
- Have caffeine at least three to four hours before bedtime.
- Have a TV in his bedroom. He can easily develop the bad habit of “needing” the TV to fall asleep.
- Play video games or use the computer before bedtime.
- Go to bed hungry. A light snack before bed is OK.
- Use the bedroom for time-out or other punishments. You want your child to think of his bedroom as a good place, not a bad one.
How much sleep does a child need?
- Infants and toddlers: 13 to 14 hours, including naps
- Ages 3 to 5: 12 to 13 hours, including naps
- Ages 6 to 12: 9 to 10 hours, no naps
- Ages 13 to 18: 8 to 10 hours, no naps
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Scottish Rite-based providers
The following sleep specialists see patients at Children’s at Mount Vernon Highway, Children's at Old Milton Parkway and Children’s at Town Center Outpatient Care Center. Call 404-785-0588 to make an appointment with one of these providers.
We offer outpatient clinics in locations across metro Atlanta. Overnight sleep studies are performed at Egleston Hospital, Scottish Rite Hospital and Children’s at Satellite Boulevard.
Center for Advanced Pediatrics
1400 Tullie Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Children's at Mount Vernon Highway
859 Mount Vernon Highway NE, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30328
Children's at Old Milton Parkway
3300 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 300
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Children's at Satellite Boulevard
2660 Satellite Blvd.
Duluth, GA 30096
Children's at Town Center Outpatient Care Center
605 Big Shanty Road NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Marcus Autism Center
1920 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
1405 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Scottish Right Hospital
1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342