The average child has a busy day. There is school, taking care of pets, playing with friends, sports practice or other activities and doing homework. By the end of the day, a child's body needs a break. Sleep is the break that allows the body to rest for the next day.
Most kids between the ages of 6 - 12 get about 9.5 hours of sleep a night. However, experts with the National Sleep Foundation recommend that children this age need an average of 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night.
Signs of a Sleep Disorder
Signs that a child might have a sleep problem are often not obivous. There are many symptoms of an untreated sleep disorder in children including:
- Trouble remembering things
- Daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Restless sleep
- Unexplained headaches
In addition, a sleep disorder may cause attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder tendencies.
Pediatric patients who show signs of a sleep disturbance may have one of the following sleep disorders.
- Sleep apnea
- Circadian rhythm distrubance
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Night terrors
How We Can Help
The Sleep Center at Floyd performs diagnostic sleep studies on children ages 6 and older. Working with your child's physician, we use data gathered in this sleep study to help us determine how to best help your child sleep well.
For more information about the
Sleep Disorders Center or pediatric sleep studies, call 706.509.5160 or
Floyd Medical Center