Sleep Disorders in Children

According to recent research by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine one in four children may be under-diagnosed with sleep disorders. Could your child be one of them? The Gulf Breeze Hospital Sleep Disorders Center is the only facility in the area to perform diagnostics for children younger than the age of 5.

Research found only 4 percent of 150,000 children studied, from birth to age 18, were diagnosed with a disorder. This statistic is substantially less than the estimated 25 percent of children who suffer from a sleep disorder, according to other studies.

Undiagnosed disorders, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, night terrors, sleepwalking, snoring, grinding teeth and bedwetting can impact a child’s learning, growth and development.

According to Wayne Peacock, RPSGT, director of Non-Invasive Cardiology and Sleep Services at Baptist Hospital, children who have mood or school performance changes, fall asleep during the day, snore loudly or wake up repeatedly throughout the night may have sleep disorders.

"Undiagnosed sleep disorders in children can have a significant impact on them," said peacock. "children are in the critical stages of development, and without proper sleep, more serious conditions can develop." p>

Peacock suggests parents who are concerned their child may have a sleep disorder keep personal records of the child’s behavior and sleeping habits and first consult their pediatrician. A sleep study and referral to a sleep disorders center may be recommended.

The Gulf Breeze Hospital Sleep Disorders Center offers a peaceful, state-of-the-art center with private rooms, personal restrooms, comfortable furnishings and sleeping accommodations for parents. The facility accepts all insurances, including Medicaid and is open six nights a week.

Take the online sleep disorders screening or call 850.469.7042 for more information.