Pediatric Sleep Disorders

This information is useful for children
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our pediatric sleep medicine program is the regional leader in diagnosing and treating sleep problems in children.
  • Yale New Haven Children's Hospital has two child-friendly pediatric sleep labs (one in New Haven, one at Bridgeport Hospital).
  • We have board-certified physicians in pediatrics, pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine.

Sleeping problems are common in childhood. They are disruptive not only to children, but everyone else in the house, including parents and siblings. A child who can’t fall asleep, stay asleep or stay awake during daytime hours may have a sleep disorder. 

“Most parents would not tolerate if kids didn’t have enough calories to eat,” says Craig A. Canapari, MD, director of Yale Medicine's Pediatric Sleep Medicine Program and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. “Yet parents tolerate kids not getting enough sleep.” 

Trouble sleeping should be addressed as early as possible because sleep issues can impact a child's learning at school as well as a teenager's safety when driving, for example. Sleep disorders can occur as early as infancy and continue through adulthood. Diagnoses include insomnia, daytime sleepiness, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea and snoring.

Our pediatric program can help children and their families to understand what’s causing sleep troubles and treat the problems with care that's tailored to the needs of young patients.

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