Sleep Disorders Conditions
A circadian rhythm disorder is a problem with a child’s sleep-wake cycle. Learn how this impacts your child’s health.
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness, or sleeping at unusual times or places. Learn the symptoms in children.
Hypersomnia, or hypersomnolence, is excessive daytime sleepiness. While many daytime sleep disorders result from a lack of nighttime sleep, people with hypersomnia may sleep 10 or more hours each night. The condition is rare in children.
Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that describes the pauses in a child’s breathing during sleep. Learn more.
Parasomnias are disorders that disrupt sleep. They include nightmares, sleepwalking, sleep talking and sleep terrors (night terrors). Parasomnias are far more common in children than in adults. Most of the time parasomnias only happen occasionally and are nothing to worry about. If your child has frequent parasomnias—or they are negatively impacting his waking life—it may be time to see a doctor.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which a child struggles to fall asleep or has trouble staying asleep. While insomnia is common in adults, it is less so in children. Sleep is crucial for proper childhood development, so it's important to make sure your child is getting enough.
Pediatric Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) describes the uncontrolled and repetitive movements that occur during a child’s sleep. Learn more.
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) disorders cause breathing to stop or become shallow while sleeping. SDBs include conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea. While common in adults, obstructive sleep apnea affects only between 2% and 3 % of children.
Snoring is a sound that can happen when a child breathes in and out during sleep. Learn more.