Does Your Child have a Sleep Disorder?
Struggling to get your child to fall asleep or stay asleep? Difficulty getting your teen out of bed in the morning? Frequent nightmares? Sleepwalking? Snoring? A good night's sleep is as important to your child's growth and development as food and water. However, it is estimated that at least 40% of our children do not get enough sleep (recommended 9–10 hours per night). Your child may have a pediatric sleep disorder.
Does your child:
- Snore or have breathing pauses in sleep?
- Wake up gasping for air or choking?
- Have problems falling or staying asleep night after night?
- Wake up too early most mornings before getting sufficient sleep?
- Experience unusual sensation in the legs regularly at night, such as a pins-and-needles feeling?
- Have growing pains more than twice a week?
- Have restless sleep – your child constantly tosses, turns, flails and never seems to settle down?
- Sweat excessively in sleep?
- Wake up unrefreshed after sufficient sleep?
- Awaken with morning headaches?
- Experience daytime difficulties in focus, attention, memory or concentration?
- Sleep excessively during day and night, or falls asleep at inappropriate times?
- Have ADD-ADHD like symptoms?
- Have difficulty getting up in the morning most days?
If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, your child may be suffering from a treatable sleep disorder. Discuss your concerns with your pediatrician or family healthcare provider.