Sleep disorders

The power of teamwork

The Sleep Center team includes doctors who are board-certified sleep specialists, psychologists and nurse practitioners who specialize in treating children with sleep problems. Sometimes the skills of another specialist, like an ear, nose and throat doctor, are needed. Our team approach makes it easy, because these experts are all available in each of our convenient locations.

Children's Hospital offers the only sleep center in Wisconsin dedicated to caring for children.

What happens in the Sleep Center

Our Sleep Center is divided into two parts: sleep clinic and sleep lab. During a Sleep Clinic appointment, a doctor will talk with you and your child about his or her sleep problems. After this appointment, your child may need special tests in one of our sleep labs.

Kids-only sleep center

While some sleep centers may treat both children and adults, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin specializes in the care of children only. Everything we do is geared toward children and families in order to help manage their sleep issues.

Our sleep labs are equipped with TV/videos, free WI-FI, and a family lounge with a refrigerator. Children and families can feel like they are at home.

Most children first visit a sleep clinic for an evaluation that includes gathering the child's medical history and doing a physical exam. Sometimes only changes in a child's behavior or a family's bedtime activities are needed. Other times, children may need an overnight test in a sleep lab.

Sleep lab

Some children will need to stay overnight in one of our state-of-the-art sleep labs for a sleep test. Throughout the night, a specially trained and registered sleep technologist will monitor your child's breathing, oxygen levels, heartbeat, brain activity, body movements and snoring. Sleep tests give doctors important information about your child's health. None of the tests are painful.

All children, even those with complex medical needs, can be monitored and safety cared for in our sleep labs. To help parents and children feel more comfortable, we offer space for one parent to stay overnight with the child during his or her sleep study.

Schedule an appointment quickly

To speak with a Sleep Center provider please call (414) 266-2790. Our providers will help you and your family schedule a sleep study if needed.

Conditions

Children’s treats the full range of sleep disorders, including:

  • Sleep apnea-snoring and pauses during sleep
  • Hypoventilation
  • Snoring
  • Hypersomnia-excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Insomnia-trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Delayed sleep phase syndrome-falling asleep at a consistently late time with significant difficulty waking at the required time
  • Sleepwalking
  • Sleep terrors/nightmares
  • Restless legs syndrome-leg pain or uncomfortable sensations that disturb sleep
  • Headbanging or body rocking
  • Periodic limb movement disorder-periodic episodes of repetitive limb movements during sleep

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Treatment & tests

Our dedicated, experienced team is trained to provide all aspects of your child’s care and treatment, which may include:

  • Sleep clinic evaluation
  • Overnight sleep study
  • Behavioral modifications
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
  • Medication
  • Coordinated care
  • Referrals to other departments if indicated

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Research

Children’s Hospital is active in annual research projects on a variety of topics from disorders in obese children and Down syndrome children, to detailed studies of patient outcomes including average time for solving behavioral problems. This research keeps our specialists looking ahead to new treatments and advancements in solving sleep disorders.

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