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Is your child having trouble sleeping? Find out if a sleep disorder could be to blame.
It is estimated that around 50 percent of children will experience sleep problems at some point. If you find your child is dealing with daytime fatigue, mood swings, behavioral issues and trouble concentrating then these could be early signs of a sleep disorder. It’s important to recognize these patterns early on so that our Columbia, SC, sleep physician Dr. Richard Bogan can evaluate your child and determine if their problems stem from sleep problems.
Here are some common childhood sleep disorders,
Just like adults can develop insomnia, so too can children. While it’s normal for everyone (even kids) to have trouble sleeping sometimes, true childhood insomnia occurs when a child has trouble falling or staying asleep for at least two days a week. While you may not immediately recognize that your child is having trouble sleeping you may notice that your child suddenly refuses to go to bed or suddenly throws tantrums around bedtime. Sometimes children with ADHD, autism or mental health issues such as anxiety or depression may also be prone to bouts of insomnia.
If your child is a sleepwalker, then they are dealing with a type of parasomnia. Parasomnias occur when a child is falling asleep, during REM sleep or when being aroused from non-REM sleep. Sleepwalking is just one common form but children with parasomnias may also experience sleep terrors (vivid nightmares that scare them awake in the middle of the night). Some children may experience temporary paralysis between the sudden sleep and awake transition or may hallucinate upon waking up.
Does your child or teen walk zombie-like throughout the day? Do they seem excessively tired despite getting enough sleep at night? While we may stereotypically make jokes about how teens often don’t want to get up for school or hit their alarm excessively, if these are common problems this might be worth looking into. After all, children with obstructive sleep apnea or delayed sleep phase syndrome may have trouble waking up during the day and may also experience brain fog, poor concentration and memory, and a decline in academic performance.
If trying to get your child to sleep is a losing battle it may be time to consult with our Columbia, SC, sleep doctor to find out if something more could be going on. The sooner a sleep disorder is diagnosed the sooner we can help your child find ways to cope with symptoms and improve their sleep. Turn to the experts at Bogan Sleep Consultants by calling (803) 251-3093.
Although they are typically associated with adults, sleep disorders are also fairly common in children according to The Stanford Sleep Medicine Center. In some cases, an adult with sleep issues may have actually developed the problem in childhood. Dr. Richard Bogan, a sleep doctor in Columbia, SC, offers diagnostic and treatment options for a number of sleep disorders that may be keeping your child awake at night, or preventing them from getting adequate rest through a full night's sleep.
Sleep Medicine in Columbia, SC
Sleep problems can cause a number of issues and related health problems, from headaches and difficulty concentrating to weight issues and irritability. However in children, sleep disorders can also interfere with academic performance and even affect their development. In cases of sleep disorders like sleep apnea that cause loud and chronic snoring, a sleep disorder in one member of the family can affect other members of the family as well, especially if they share a room or can hear the snoring from adjacent rooms.
Some of the sleep issues that affect children include:
- Insomnia (difficulty falling and/or staying asleep)
- Sleep apnea
- Restless leg syndrome
Despite the fact that sleep disorders are similar in children and adults, the underlying causes and treatment or management usually vary to accommodate developmental considerations in children. Treatment for childhood and pediatric sleep disorders depends on the sleep disorder and underlying cause. Conditions like sleep apnea may be treated with assistive devices like the CPAP machine, which facilitates the flow of oxygen for normal breathing during sleep by keeping the airway open and unobstructed. Other sleep problems may require lifestyle and behavior modifications and therapy.
How to Tell if Your Child Has a Sleep Disorder
The most common signs of a sleep disorder are chronic snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and difficulty falling and staying asleep through the night.
Find a Sleep Doctor in Columbia, SC
To learn more about childhood sleep disorders and treatment options, contact Bogan Sleep Consultants by calling (803) 251-3093 to schedule an appointment with your sleep doctor, Dr. Bogan, today.