The Sleep Disorders Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital and our Sleep Medicine Clinics assist primary care physicians and specialists with the diagnosis and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with sleep problems.
Twenty percent of all children suffer from some type of sleep problem. The causes range from poor sleep habits to serious underlying medical conditions. Whatever the cause, the Sleep Disorders Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital can comprehensively evaluate patients and make appropriate treatment recommendations.
The Center features four child-friendly sleep rooms to provide the best possible experience for the family and child who require an overnight sleep study.
Overnight sleep study, called polysomnography, is the standard for diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Patients are monitored throughout the night, measuring brainwaves, nasal and oral airflow, EKG, EEG, REM sleep, oxygen saturation, expired carbon dioxide, EMG, and chest wall and abdominal wall movement. Review of the study by the Center director determines whether the patient is at risk and needs to be seen in clinic that day, or whether the patient can be sent home with or without a therapeutic device.
The Sleep Program performs more than 850 overnight polysomnographic studies and 500 long-term EEG monitoring studies annually. The Program has five registered polysomnographic technicians and five registered EEG technicians. The Program also participates in training medical students, pediatric residents, ENT residents, and PM&R residents in Sleep Medicine at the Ohio State University.
There are many behavioral and medical symptoms that are indicators for referring a patient for a sleep study or for a sleep clinic evaluation.
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Parent and Child Reports of Sleep Problems Associated with Early-Onset Bipolar Spectrum Disorders
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Did You Know?
20% of all children suffer from some type of sleep problem. The causes range from poor sleep habits to serious underlying medical conditions.
The Sleep Disorders Center performs more than 850 overnight polysomno-graphic studies annually.
Center Receives Accreditation
July 2013 – June 2014
Total Sleep Studies: 1,941