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Pediatric Sleep Medicine

Patients of the UPMC Sleep Program receive comprehensive, state-of-the-art care in an inviting, kid-friendly environment supervised by expert physicians and technicians. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists can conduct a comprehensive sleep assessment, including an overnight sleep test if necessary, and suggest the most appropriate treatment for each child based upon their diagnosis. 

Common sleep disorders include:

  • Sleepwalking and talking
  • Bedwetting
  • Restless sleep
  • Pauses in breathing for short periods during sleep (apnea)
  • Narcolepsy (uncontrollable daytime sleep episodes)
  • Night terrors

The benefits of treating pediatric sleep disorders are numerous, from improved school performance and sound sleep to reduced cardiovascular risks connected with sleep apnea. Parents should look for the following symptoms in their adolescent and consult with your pediatrician for a referral. 

  • Snoring and observed labored breathing in sleep. 
  • Late bed wetting. 
  • Difficulty keeping up with schoolwork. 
  • Hyperactivity
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness 

Factors associated with sleep disorders include:

  • Enlarged tonsils, asthma or other conditions that affect breathing.
  • Medical diseases like obesity.
  • Medications
  • Caffeine
  • Lack of a regular sleep schedule.
  • Psychological factors like depression and anxiety.
  • Pain 

Screening Tool

BEARS (PDF)

Contact Us

Talk to your doctor about seeing a sleep specialist. Call 717-791-2520 for more information.