Sleep clinic: Supporting your child's healthy sleep routine
A good night’s sleep is important for everyone, but for kids and teens, it’s critical for their developing bodies and brains. If your child is struggling to get enough quality sleep, we can help determine the reasons why and develop a plan to get them on the path to a restful and healthy sleep routine.
Sleep-related conditions we treat
We care for children with a wide variety of sleep problems, including:
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Infant apnea
- Central hypoventilation
- Frequent night waking
- Night terrors
- REM sleep behavior disorder (acting out dreams)
- Periodic limb movement disorder (restless leg syndrome)
If you have sleep-related concerns or sleep disorders, talk with your child’s doctor to find out if an appointment with a sleep specialist may help.
Why choose CHoR?
- We’re home to the only dedicated children’s sleep clinic in the region.
- Our services are provided in family-friendly spaces close to home for families who live in Richmond, but we also care for kids from across Virginia and even other states.
- We care for kids – and their parents. Our sleep lab is designed to be comfortable for both children and their parents. The center has private rooms, a family lounge and showers.
- Our team is trained in the art and science of caring for kids. We care for children of all ages – from newborns to young adults, up to age 21.
- Our full team of specialists is available to help support your child’s care. Some children with sleep difficulties often require care from multiple specialists – and our whole team is here to support you and your child.
When should you consult a sleep specialist?
Even when parents make every effort to promote good quality sleep, some children still have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Some of these problems can be difficult to identify and correct without professional help.
Consultation with a sleep specialist for your child may be helpful if:
- It takes your child more than a half-hour to fall asleep once in bed with the lights out
- They wake up multiple times at night
- They seem excessively sleepy during the day despite getting the recommended amount of sleep
- They snore, gasp or hold their breath while asleep
What is a sleep study?
A pediatric sleep study is a simple procedure where a number of sensors are attached to different parts of your child’s body (head, chest, legs, etc.) to monitor the changes that occur while they’re sleeping. The sensors are attached with special skin paste and tape, so it’s not painful – no needles required!
Most people find that the sensors don’t interfere with sleep, which is exactly what we want so we can assess your child’s natural sleep pattern. Sleep studies help us learn a great deal about a child’s sleep difficulties. We use this information to make a diagnosis and recommend treatment options.
Scheduling a sleep study appointment
The first step is typically an outpatient visit with a sleep specialist to discuss your concerns. They may then recommend an overnight sleep study to gather more information.
Sleep study FAQs
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