Sleep Disorder Center

We Help Patients With Poor Sleep Habits and More Serious Underlying Medical Conditions

Sleep Disorder Center

Our Sleep Disorder Center and Sleep Medicine Clinics assist primary care physicians and specialists with diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in children from infancy to adolescence. Patients are seen in the sleep clinics to evaluate sleep quality or quantity concerns.

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 reason, the Sleep Disorders Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital can comprehensively evaluate patients and make appropriate treatment recommendations.

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Our Programs

The patient may be seen in the clinic prior to or after an overnight sleep study depending on the situation. The overnight sleep study is also referred to as a polysomnography. A polysomnography is the standard for the 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.

The sleep study is reviewed by a registered polysomnography technologist and interpreted by the one of the center’s board-certified sleep specialists. A sleep specialist determines if the patient has a sleep disorder based on the findings of the study and if treatment is required.

The Sleep Program performs more than 2200 overnight polysomnographic studies annually. The program has registered 16 polysomnography technologist and 7 Respiratory therapists. The program also participates in training medical students, pediatric residents, ENT residents, and PM&R residents in Sleep Medicine at the Ohio State University.

Services We Offer

  •  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

What to Expect


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

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.


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