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At one time or another, most parents have coped with a child who will not sleep. Sleep disturbances are common in childhood, with almost 20-40% of children having experienced them at some point while growing up. Sleep disturbances can be caused by true sleep disorders, neurological problems, heart and lung problems, gastrointestinal disturbances, behavioral and developmental disorders as well as psychiatric disorders. A sleep medicine specialist can help determine if your child's sleep disturbance is due to a true sleep disorder and treat the specific sleep disorder. Early diagnosis and treatment will promote a child's long-term health and well-being. Our sleep medicine specialists can provide diagnosis, management and treatment of sleep disorders in newborns, children and adolescents.

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Pediatric Sleep Study

The pediatric sleep study helps provide diagnosis and treatment of breathing difficulties during sleep in infants, children and adolescents, difficulties falling or staying asleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, and unusual sleep-related behaviors.

Diagnosis may include:

  • History and physical examination

  • Sleep questionnaire

  • Sleep diary

  • Overnight oximetry

  • Polysomnography (sleep study)

  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT)

Sleep problems usually need to be approached by sleep medicine specialists, neurologists, psychiatrists, behavioral specialists, otolaryngologists, and pediatric lung specialists. Your child may need to be evaluated by multiple specialists in order to resolve their sleep problems.


Sleep is an essential part of your growing child's health. The amount of sleep needed changes as the child grows older. Newborns sleep approximately 16 to 17 hours a day, while preschoolers need only about 12 hours a day.

Normal sleep has two parts: rapid eye movement (REM) and nonrapid eye movement (NREM). REM is an active form of sleep that is not as deep as NREM sleep. Dreams often happen during REM sleep. NREM sleep is a deep sleep. There are less body movements during this phase and the child breathes at a more regular rate.

Sleep disturbances or problems are common during infancy and childhood, including having trouble getting your child to bed, nightmares, and night terrors. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding sleep habits and your child, for which we have provided a brief overview.

Healthy Sleep Habits

Infant Sleep

Nightmares and Night Terrors

Brian M. McGinley, M.D.

Dr. McGinley received his medical degree from the Ohio State University School of Medicine, completed his Pediatric residency and Sleep Medicine fellowship at Tulane University, and his Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He was on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University for 8 years. Dr. McGinley is board-certified in Pediat... Read More

Britta T. Schaer, P.A.

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4.7 out of 5

Britta Schaer received her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Utah, School of Medicine. She is a NCCPA board certified physician assistant. Prior to joining the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Primary Children´s Medical Center as a physician assistant, she spent nearly 10 years practicing a... Read More

Jonathan R. Skirko, M.D., M.H.P.A., M.P.H.

Dr. Skirko is an assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology with clinical research and clinical practice based at Primary Children's Medical Center. He has a passion for the care of children with cleft lip or cleft palate. He has created a quality of life instrument to better measure and understand how difficulties with speec... Read More


Cleft palate - lip surgery, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Pediatric Sleep Medicine


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University Hospital
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Chee Chun Tan, M.D.

Dr. Chee C. Tan received his medical degree from University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and completed his pediatric residency at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York. He completed both his Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship and Sleep Medicine Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He also has a Master of Science degre... Read More


Pediatric Pulmonary Care, Pediatric Sleep Medicine


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