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Sleep disorders are common in children, yet it is important for your child to get enough sleep every night and to make sure they have quality sleep. Sleep affects every aspect of child development, including learning, processing and remembering information.

At National Jewish Health for Kids in Denver, Colorado, our pediatric sleep experts and multidisciplinary team treat all types of sleep disorders in children from 3-years-old through young adults.

Children are evaluated for medical sleep disorders including:

  • Central sleep apnea and periodic breathing (pause in breathing during sleep, usually without snoring or gasping for air)
  • Chronic lung disease and sleep (asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis, premature birth
  • Circadian rhythm disorders (inability to follow traditional sleep times at night)
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Excessive sleepiness (sleeping more than 10 hours at night and nap another four or more hours during the day)
  • Narcolepsy (difficulty staying awake for long periods of time)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea and snoring (breathing is partially or completely blocked during sleep)
  • Periodic limb movement disorder (repetitive limb movements during sleep)
  • Restless legs syndrome (strong urge to move legs)
  • Rhythmic movement sleep disorder (repeated rhythmic body movements or making sounds while drowsy or asleep)
  • Sleep disordered breathing (any type of breathing difficulties during sleep – can include snoring, irritability, bedwetting, learning difficulties, slow growth, heart issues, obesity)

Our sleep doctors are researchers too, so your child will have access to the latest pediatric sleep clinical trials and most effective treatments.

Our comprehensive program offers many services for you and your child:

  • Diagnose and treat breathing disorders during sleep
  • Sleep study to help evaluate obstructive sleep apnea, chronic lung diseases, respiratory control disorders and more
  • Home sleep study option for ages 10 and older
  • Individualized treatment plan
  • In-depth, one-on-one teaching
  • Continued follow-up to treat your child’s changing needs

Learn more about our Sleep Center.


Chafen Watkins Hart

Chafen Watkins Hart, MD

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