Sleep Medicine :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Sleep Medicine

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.

Clinical Articles

Comparison of a Personalized Parent Voice Smoke Alarm with a Conventional Residential Tone Smoke Alarm for Awakening Children
Conventional residential tone smoke alarms fail to awaken the majority of children during slow wave sleep. Learn about the comparison of a personalized parent voice smoke alarm with a conventional residential tone smoke alarm...

Parent and Child Reports of Sleep Problems Associated with Early-Onset Bipolar Spectrum Disorders
Despite sleep problems being part of the diagnostic criteria for mood disorders, research on sleep difficulties related to Early-Onset Bipolar Spectrum Disorders (EBSD) is sparse. This study examined the parent and child agreement, frequency and severity of EBSD-related manic, depressive and comorbid sleep problems.

Behavioral Symptoms:

  • Bedtime resistance and fears

  • Nighttime awakenings, feedings, wandering and crying

  • Night terrors

  • Sleep walking

  • Difficulty getting to sleep/staying asleep

  • Excessive daytime drowsiness

  • Hyperactivity

Medical Symptoms:

  • Apnea

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Snoring

  • Apparent life-threatening events (ALTE)

  • Nocturnal seizures/Unusual movement during sleep

  • Unusual sleep schedule

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

  • Insomnia

Diagnoses Suggesting Possible Sleep Disturbance:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

  • Chronic lung disease

  • Depression/psychological disorders

  • Gastroesophageal reflux

Services within the Sleep Medicine Program:

  • Pediatric polysomnography

  • Extended montage EEG

  • Polysomnogram with pH monitoring

  • Enuresis monitoring

  • CPAP/BiPAP therapy

  • Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (MSLT)

  • Maintenance of Wakefulness Testing (MWT)

  • Outpatient evaluation and treatment

  • Neurological consultations

  • Psychological consultation and treatment

  • Actigraphy

  • Sleep related behavioral consultation and treatment

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.

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Center Receives Accreditation

In March 2006, the Sleep Disorders Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital received a five-year program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). To receive the accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care.

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Fast Facts

July 2015 through June 2016 

Main Campus Sleep Clinic Visits: 279 
Dublin Sleep Clinic Visits: 373 
Westerville Sleep Clinic Visits: 460 
Total Sleep Clinic Visits: 1,112 


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