Pediatric Sleep Program
The ECHN Sleep Disorders Center at Manchester Memorial Hospital offers a Pediatric Sleep Program for children.
To learn more about our program or to schedule an appointment, please call the ECHN Sleep Disorders Center at 860.646.1222, x6881.
About Sleep Disorders in Children
Sleep disorders in the children are common, chronic, treatable, and preventable. Sleep is crucial for a child's physical health, emotional health, cognitive abilities, and social development.
The symptoms of sleep disorders are different in children compared with adults. Parents may want to speak with their pediatrician or family physician if they notice that their child snores or pauses in breathing while sleeping.
Also, children often do not exhibit adult signs of sleepiness but may show symptoms of hyperactivity and inattentiveness during the day, which could lead to a misdiagnosis such as ADHD.
Children and adolescents need more sleep compared to adults. However, most children and adolescents are sleep-deprived due to poor sleep habits, early school start times, and social responsibilities.
The Impact in Children
There have been multiple studies linking sleep deprivation and obesity. Approximately 30 percent of adolescents are overweight, which is especially significant considering recent evidence showing obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is more common in adolescents who are overweight.
In addition, medical or psychiatric disorders are likely to be worsened by sleep problems. These worsened disorders can cause increased stress for parents. They can disrupt a marriage and negatively impact the parents' own sleep and daytime function.
What to Expect from ECHN's Pediatric Sleep Program
Children must be referred to ECHN's Pediatric Sleep Program by their primary care physician. They will then have a consultation with Dr. Navasuma Havaligi, one of our sleep specialists, for an assessment.
There are several treatment options for pediatric sleep disorders. The ECHN Sleep Disorders Center offers quick scheduling and a fast turnaround time for quality results.
The Sleep Center is currently accepting patients as young as 12 years old. In the future, the Center hopes to open its program to younger children as well. As with an adult sleep study, children arrive in the evening, stay overnight, and go home in the morning. For a sleep study, children are asked to bring:
- Their pillow from home
- Anything else (except pets) that they would like for their comfort
Each patient's room has a TV with a DVD player, so children may bring videos from home, or choose from our selection, to watch until they become sleepy.