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Sleep Medicine


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Good quality sleep is essential for a child’s development and health. If your child has trouble sleeping, Children’s world-renowned experts in pediatric sleep medicine can help diagnose and treat the sleep disorder that affects your child’s health and quality of childhood.

Director, Judith Owens, MD, MPH, is an internationally recognized authority on children and sleep, and her research has directly influenced care and treatment for these disorders. Dr. Owens chairs the pediatric section of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

Other members of Children’s interdisciplinary sleep medicine team include sleep specialists, pulmonologists, behavioral child psychologists, and nurses. Children’s National is one of only a few pediatric hospitals in the world to have two sleep specialists board-certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Download 'The ABCs of ZZZs: Common Sleep Disorders in Children' PDF


Conditions We Treat
Disrupted sleep, snoring, behavioral problems, and excessive daytime sleepiness are signs of a possible sleep disorder. Left untreated, children with sleeping disorders may have related health problems as adults.

The division coordinates the diagnostic testing, therapeutic intervention and follow-up for all sleep disorders, from infancy through adolescence. When a sleep problem is associated with a secondary condition, our specialists work with experts from other divisions at Children’s National to develop a comprehensive care plan for your child. We treat all pediatric sleep disorders, including:

•  Behavioral sleep disorders
•  Central sleep apnea (apnea related to medical conditions)
•  Delayed sleep phase
•  Narcolepsy and disorders causing sleepiness
•  Obstructive sleep apnea (apnea related to a problem with a child’s airway)
•  Parasomnias (unusual behaviors during sleep)
•  Periodic limb movement disorder and restless legs syndrome
•  Sleep-related hypoventilation or hypoxemia

Programs
Children’s Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center in the only sleep center in the Washington, DC, area exclusively for kids.

Our Sleep Laboratory is designed to make a stay more comfortable for both the patient and the family. When an overnight sleep study is required for diagnosis or evaluation of a sleep disorder, a parent can stay with their child. Specialized testing is also available for patients who require nocturnal oxygen or non-invasive ventilatory support.

The next step for some patients and parents is meeting with Children’s pediatric sleep specialists from the Sleep Medicine Clinic. They help develop an individual, comprehensive care plan to meet the unique needs of every child.

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