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Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your child’s health and well-being. Sleep problems such as sleep apnea, excessive daytime sleepiness, narcolepsy, and behavioral sleep problems are common and can seriously affect your child’s general health, academic functioning, behavior, and mood. The Sleep Disorders Center provides comprehensive clinical evaluation, diagnostic testing, treatment and follow-up for a wide spectrum of sleep-related disorders in children and adolescents. The Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center’s goal is to find the best solutions to your child’s sleep issues and to help them sleep better. The center offers state-of-the-art technology designed to evaluate sleep physiology and treat sleep-related disordered breathing.
ACH is one of only a few pediatric hospitals in the nation to receive full-service accreditation from the Association of Sleep Disorders Centers (American Academy of Sleep Medicine). Nationally accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), we offer the highest standard of care, commitment to quality services and dedication to our patients
Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your child’s health and well-being. Sleep is vital for learning and memory and lack of sleep impacts a child’s health negatively. At Arkansas Children's we work to make your child healthier tomorrow by treating sleep problems such as sleep apnea, excessive daytime sleepiness, narcolepsy, and behavioral sleep problems are common and can seriously affect your child’s general health, academic functioning, behavior, and mood.
Excessive sleepiness is not a disorder in itself. It is a symptom that can have many different causes. The common causes are poor sleep habits, an irregular sleep schedule, a sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea, side effects from certain medications, and other underlying medical conditions, such as narcolepsy or idiopathic hypersomnolence.
Narcolepsy and Idiopathic Hypersomnolence are disorders of excessive sleep (hypersomnolence). Both of these problems may be evaluated with a polysomnogram to rule out other sleep problems followed by a multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) which evaluates the sleepiness of the child. Treatments may consist of individualized medication management, scheduled naps and modifications of work/school schedules.
Behavioral modification therapy can improve your child’s sleep by changing their behavior before bedtime as well as changing things that keep your child from falling asleep or staying asleep. It helps your child develop habits that promote a healthy pattern of sleep.
An effective therapy to treat obstructive sleep apneas (OSA) and sleep-disordered breathing in children and adolescents is with non-invasive positive airway pressure (PAP). PAP therapy involves the delivery of room air by way of a bedside machine that delivers a stream of air to the child’s airway using an oral or nasal mask. This stream of air prevents airway collapse.
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