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
Condition InformationPediatric Sleep
Programs & ServicesSleep Center
Chafen Watkins Hart, MD
Our Patient Education Program at National Jewish Health provides many free educational opportunities and support groups to assist patients and caregivers with managing illnesses and chronic conditions.
Download Free Patient Education Materials
There are a number of written materials to support patient education at National Jewish Health. They include Understanding Booklets, Med Facts, Test Facts, Medication handouts and more.
Reasons to Choose National Jewish Health
- The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses
- Ranked #1 or #2 in Pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report for 26 consecutive years
- Ranked in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS
- Physicians consistently recognized among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly
- Among the top 6% of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to hundreds of active clinical trials
- 124-year history of focus on care, research and education serving patients from around the world with lung, heart, immune and related disorders
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Many patients who come to National Jewish Health are trying to find answers to ongoing health issues. Our doctors use advanced testing to accurately diagnose our patients’ conditions and determine the best treatment plan.