The Center for Pediatric Sleep Medicine
The Center for Pediatric Sleep Medicine at Saint Clare’s Health System is a state-of-the-art diagnostic sleep center, specializing in diagnosing sleep and neurological disorders in children. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to you and your family in a “home-like” environment.
- Overnight sleep studies
- Home studies (when appropriate)
- Day studies to evaluate “sleepiness”
We are dedicated to providing pediatric-focused care, with an environment and approach that is designed to meet the needs of both parents and children. Our state-of-the-art facility is pediatric-based, located on a pediatric floor within Saint Clare’s Hospital/Denville, providing a cozy, cheerful, and child-friendly atmosphere.
Our specialists ensure that parents and families are actively involved in planning their child’s care No one knows your child better than you. So if an overnight sleep study is needed, we take great care to make sure both parents and children are comfortable; we offer space for parents to stay overnight with their child during his/her sleep study, and will assure the experience is tranquil and positive, making your child feel at home in our Center.
With adolescents and teens in mind, children ages 13 to 18 may choose whether to be seen in our pediatric environment or an adult environment, offered through Saint Clare’s Center for Sleep Medicine at our Dover campus.
- Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is serious if left untreated. Apnea events are most commonly marked by loud snoring followed by brief periods of breathing cessation. You may hear your child snore loudly and then sound like they are gasping for breath. Sleep apnea in children has also been shown to have lasting effects on cardiac function, insulin utilization and obesity.
Parasomnias include nightmares, bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis), Teeth Grinding (Bruxism), Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) or Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), Night Terrors (Pavor Nocturnus), Sleepwalking (Somnambulism) and Sleep Talking (Somniloquy).
Insomnia is most common in teens. Difficulty falling asleep or multiple arousals through the night are common symptoms. Insomnia is not usually chronic and is usually treated quite easily.
- Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless Legs Syndrome causes uncomfortable urges to move the legs while lying down in bed. Complaints often are connected with a “creepy crawly” or “tingly” sensation in the legs that is only relieved through movement. Treatment can include exercises as well as medication.
Our skilled team is not only focused on providing expert medical care, but on recognizing the unique needs of each of our patients in order to provide the compassion and comforting environment that your child deserves.
Information on Sleep & Your Child
- Sleep Disorders and Youth
Sleep is critical to all major functions of the body. In children, sleep is essential for proper mental and physical development. Studies link sleep with learning; the area of the brain that controls processing procedural or “how to” learning has been demonstrated to be negatively affected by lack of sleep.
- Why Doesn’t My Child Sleep?
While natural body rhythms known as the circadian rhythm regulate the internal body clock as to when your child should be awake and when to sleep, there are environmental and developmental issues that can impact these rhythms. Adjusting bedtime rituals and shifting task-oriented responsibilities to earlier in the evening can help. Homework, sports team practices and/or games and sibling interruptions are examples of outside influences that can be controlled.
- How Much Sleep is Needed?
Although each child is different, physicians recommend the following minimum amounts of sleep based on age:
- Newborns/Young Infants: 16-18 Hours
- Older Babies: 12-15 Hours
- Toddlers (2-4 years with naps): 10-12 Hours
- Young Children (6-10 years): 10 Hours
- Teens (11-17 years): 8-9 Hours
- Does Your Child Snore?
Medical experts indicate that any child who snores regularly, or has other signs of breathing problems during sleep, may benefit from an evaluation for sleep problems and perhaps from tonsillectomy - especially if the child is also having behavior problems at home or school.
- Sleep Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
There is a clear relationship between symptoms of ADHD and consequences of sleep deprivation. If your child has any of the symptoms listed below, carefully record when and under what circumstances they occur and bring this information to the attention of your child’s physician. It is also helpful to use a sleep diary to keep a record of your child’s sleep. For a diagnosis of ADHD, the symptoms must be present for at least six months and must occur in at least two settings (e.g., home and school).
The primary symptoms of ADHD are:
- Difficulty waiting or taking turns
- Low frustration threshold
- Concerned Your Child Isn’t Getting Enough Sleep?
If these statements apply to your child, speak with his or her doctor.
- My child has problems falling or staying asleep.
- Teachers tell me that my child has problems staying awake in class.
- My child acts out excessively and/or has trouble concentrating.
- My child snores loudly and sometimes gasps for breath while sleeping.
- My child is a “mouth breather”.
- My child often wets the bed.
To determine how to best improve your child’s sleep, the physician may order a sleep study to determine if a sleep disorder may be contributing to your child’s lack of quality sleep.
For more information about the Center for Pediatric Sleep Medicine, please call 973-625-6635. To make an appointment, please contact Call One, Saint Clare’s central scheduling service, at 1-888-808-1234.
Center for Pediatric Sleep Medicine
Saint Clare’s Hospital/Denville
25 Pocono Road
Denville, NJ 07834