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Sleep Center

Established in 1989, the Sleep Center at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital is the region's leader in diagnosing and treating sleep problems in infants, toddlers, adolescents and teens arising from medical conditions or from behavioral or developmental problems. The sleep center program physicians are board-certified in pediatrics and sleep medicine.

Sleep Center

Patients receive comprehensive care in a warm, kid-friendly environment supervised by highly-trained physicians and technicians who are experts in diagnosing a wide variety of sleep disorders. The Pediatric Sleep Center includes a state-of-the-art three bed sleep laboratory which is equipped with inpatient sleep lab testing equipment and actigraphy monitoring to quantify sleep-wake patterns in children.

Children from infancy through adolescence may be referred for an evaluation. Evaluation for a sleep disorder begins with an initial consultation with a pediatric sleep physician in the sleep center. Some children may benefit from overnight polysomnography (sleep testing) to further define the causes of sleep disturbance.

Examples of referrals:

  • Insomnia including difficulties falling asleep or nocturnal awakenings
  • Snoring, noisy breathing or nocturnal obstruction
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Infants with apparent life threatening events

    • Restless leg syndrome
    • Respiratory complications of neuromuscular disease
    • Pre and post-operative evaluation for scoliosis, spina bifida, cleft palate and other neurosurgical and craniofacial disorders
    • Determination of respiratory needs for oxygen and ventilator support
  • Sleep disturbance including parasomnias (sleep walking, night terrors, nightmares, enuresis)
  • Narcolepsy
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) titration and management

Sleep laboratory

Overnight polysomnography is located at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Our sleep laboratory exclusively studies children and is staffed by technicians who are experts in making children comfortable and working to obtain the best possible study.

What to expect if your child is having a sleep study

On the night of the study, the child is introduced to the sleep laboratory. Our friendly and experienced staff will engage and prepare the child for the application of the monitoring equipment. A bed for one parent in the child's room is available. Results are available two weeks after the study.

Physician referral

Physicians may refer directly to the sleep laboratory by calling (203) 688-1240.

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