Sleep is vital to mood, behavior, learning, and healthy child development. Unfortunately, sleep problems are common throughout life, and significant sleep difficulties at an early age can lead to sleep problems later in life. Left untreated, sleep disorders can predispose you or your child to mental health conditions, such as depression.
At the Child and Adolescent Sleep Service, part of the Child Study Center, we evaluate and treat toddlers, children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing sleep-related problems.
Conditions we evaluate vary by age and include the following:
bedtime resistance and nighttime awakenings in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
insomnia and difficulty waking up at expected times in adolescents and young adults
narcolepsy, excessive daytime sleepiness, and fatigue in children, adolescents, and young adults
nighttime fears, including fear of the dark and nightmares in preschoolers and school-aged children
restless leg syndrome in children, adolescents, and young adults
sleep terrors, sleepwalking, and bedwetting in children and adolescents
After a focused evaluation of sleep concerns, sleep schedule, daytime behavior, and medical history, our sleep experts, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, provide your child with an individually tailored treatment plan.
Components of treatment vary based on the problem and may include the following:
education about the sleep disorder
referral for a sleep study in cases of suspected apnea, hypersomnia, or narcolepsy