Healthy sleep in children and teens
Proper sleep is critical in the growth and development of children and teens. Many studies have shown that children and teens are not getting the sleep required to achieve peak performance and health. Sleep patterns can be affected by schedules packed with schooling, activities, parents working varied hours, and family dynamics. Sleep disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Parasominas also known as Night Terrors, Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome (PLMS), Narcolepsy and Insomnia are common childhood sleep disorders. These disorders should be ruled out as they can lead to other issues now and later in life. The consequences of improper sleep can lead to poor school performance, poor physical development and behavior issues such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The diagnosis and treatment of a child’s sleep disorder is a key factor to their future physical, mental and emotional growth.
The comprehensive diagnostic services at Advantage Sleep Centers provide parents and physician with the medical information necessary to create the most successful plan of treatment that will have a life- long effect.
How much sleep do children and teens require?
The National Sleep Foundation has developed a scale that list the required hours of sleep appropriate for infants through adults.
What are the effects of insufficient or interrupted sleep?
- Poor academic performance
- Bed wetting
- Behavioral issues
- Weight gain
- Chronic fragmented sleep affects the child and the entire family
What are the signs and symptoms of a sleep disorder in children and young adults?
- Acting out/ Hyperactivity
- Falling asleep during school or activities
- Night terrors
- Periodic leg or arm movements (flailing)
- Sleep walks
- Trouble waking up in the morning
How is a sleep disorder diagnosed?
A sleep disorder is diagnosed by a physician prescribed non-invasive overnight sleep study called a polysomnogram. Always seek the advice of your family physician if you suspect your child has a sleep disorder.
How do I schedule a sleep study?
Advantage Sleep Centers works closely with parents and physicians in the coordination and provision of comprehensive diagnostic sleep services and treatment.
Our staff will assist in the coordination of the physician prescribed sleep study in one of our age appropriate rooms. Accommodations are made for parents who wish to stay in the room or have a private room right next door to the child. The sleep technicians are trained to ease the mind of both patient and parent/caregiver. They will walk the patient, parent/caregiver through the set up and testing while providing continued support throughout the study. In the morning the technician will provide information on “what happens next” with one of our Medical Directors. The technician will score the waking, breathing, and movement patterns of the patient’s sleep study. One of our board certified sleep medicine physicians will interpret the scored study and provide results and recommendations for the best course of treatment for optimum sleep health in the child or young adult.
Why Advantage Sleep Centers?
- Facilities throughout South Jersey Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- A professional and friendly staff specializing in pediatric and adolescent care
- State of the art equipment to obtain the most accurate results
- Warm, cozy and welcoming environment for the whole family
- Studies performed 7 nights a week
- Handicap accessible