Helping your Child Sleep with Ease

sleep medicine

About Pediatric Sleep Medicine

Good quality sleep is essential for a child's development and health. If your child has trouble sleeping, our experts in pediatric sleep medicine can help diagnose and treat the sleep disorder that affects your child's health and quality of childhood.

Our interdisciplinary sleep medicine team includes sleep specialists, pulmonologists, neurologists, and nurses. Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida is one of only a few pediatric hospitals to have sleep specialists board-certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and offers the only dedicated pediatric sleep studies program between Tampa and Miami.

Conditions We Treat

  • Disrupted sleep
  • snoring
  • behavioral problems
  • excessive daytime sleepiness

Left untreated, children with sleeping disorders may have related health problems as adults.

The sleep medicine team coordinates the diagnostic testing, therapeutic intervention and follow-up for all sleep disorders, from infancy through adolescence. When a sleep problem is associated with a secondary condition, our specialists work with experts from other departments at Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida to develop a comprehensive care plan for your child. We treat all pediatric sleep disorders, including:

  • Behavioral sleep disorders
  • Central sleep apnea (apnea related to medical conditions)
  • Delayed sleep phase
  • Narcolepsy and disorders causing sleepiness
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (apnea related to a problem with a child's airway)
  • Parasomnias (unusual behaviors during sleep)
  • Periodic limb movement disorder and restless legs syndrome
  • Sleep-related hypoventilation or hypoxemia

Preparing for Your Stay

Patients & families should enter the HealthPark Medical Center location through entrance C (near the emergency department). You will find the Cape Coral Hospital location through the emergency department entrance.

It is best to shampoo your hair before coming and avoid using any hair products such as hairspray, mousse or oils. Please bring your own toiletries. You might like to bring other things that will make your stay more comfortable such as books, magazines, snacks, stuffed animal and your own pillow.

Results of Your Sleep Study

Your child's sleep test will be interpreted by one of the physicians associated with the Sleep Disorders Center. A final report will be sent to your referring physician. You should contact your physician for a follow-up visit to review the results of the study and to receive treatment.