Sleep Disorder Center
We Help Patients With Poor Sleep Habits and More Serious Underlying Medical Conditions
Sleep Disorder Center
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.
Services We Offer
Extended montage EEG
Polysomnogram with pH monitoring
- CPAP/BiPAP therapy
Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (MSLT)
- Maintenance of Wakefulness Testing (MWT)
Outpatient evaluation and treatment
Psychological consultation and treatment
Sleep related behavioral consultation and treatment
What to Expect
Bedtime resistance and fears
Nighttime awakenings, feedings, wandering and crying
Difficulty getting to sleep/staying asleep
Excessive daytime drowsiness
Apparent life-threatening events (ALTE)
Nocturnal seizures/Unusual movement during sleep
Unusual sleep schedule
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Diagnoses Suggesting Possible Sleep Disturbance:
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Chronic lung disease
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.
Interested in the Sleep Disorder Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital?
Inside the Sleep Disorder Center
Meet Our Team
Whatever the cause, the Sleep Disorders Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital can comprehensively evaluate patients and make appropriate treatment recommendations.
Sleep Apnea CPAP
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a medical problem in which a person’s air flow is blocked only during sleep.
Sleep Tips for Adolescents
The following recommendations will help your adolescent get the best sleep possible.
Read about our helpful tips and information to help your child get a restful night's sleep.
Sleep in Infants (2-12 Months)
Infants sleep between 9 and 12 hours during the night and nap between 2 and 5 hours during the day.
Sleep in Preschoolers
Sleep problems are common during the preschool years, including nighttime fears and nightmares.
Sleep in Toddlers
Many toddlers continue to awaken during the night, usually as a result of poor sleep habits.
Sleep Tips for Children
The following recommendations will help your child get the best sleep possible.