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Sleep Medicine

Helping Kids Get a Better Night’s Rest


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Sleep is so important for your child’s health, and studies show that kids aren’t getting enough of it. Sleep disorders and problems can lead to trouble focusing, a decline in grades, irritability, daytime sleepiness, injuries, hyperactivity and more. Nemours’ board-certified pediatric sleep medicine experts have special, advanced training to diagnose, evaluate the causes of, and treat sleep disorders in children. A sleep study (also called “polysomnography”) may help determine if your child has a breathing or movement disorder, has problems falling or staying asleep, or is experiencing a behavioral or academic (school) problem related to sleep. 

Conditions We Treat

Conditions We Treat


Many types of sleep disorders in children, medical conditions and complex medical needs can contribute to sleep problems.

We see a full spectrum of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending upon the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

Services We Offer

Services We Offer


We may perform a sleep study — when our pediatric sleep medicine experts monitor your child’s sleep over the course of an entire night. We’ll track vital information such as brain waves, breathing, movement and heart rate. The sleep study begins with a registered sleep technologist attaching painless, sticky sensors to your child’s head, nose, mouth, chest, abdomen, index finger and legs. You’ll have a private room with a TV, linens and pillows. Although your child should sleep alone in the sleep study bed, you can be in the room the whole time, sleeping on a cot or couch that converts into a bed.

If the sleep study does discover a problem, we’ll work closely with you, your child and family to create an individualized treatment plan that’s kid-friendly and easy to follow.

Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us


At Nemours, our care and our doctors have been recognized for being among the best in the country. Our pediatric sleep medicine teams may include pulmonologists (lung doctors), neurologists (brain and nervous system doctors), respiratory specialists (health care professionals who provide breathing therapy) and registered sleep technologists (who conduct sleep studies). We also work with doctors from other specialties such as:

Regional Sleep Medicine Highlights

Depending upon the location you visit, our comprehensive programs and services may include:

We offer pediatric sleep medicine at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.).

  • pediatric sleep medicine program accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Complex Sleep Disordered Breathing Clinic (CSDBC) — the first of its kind in the Delaware Valley — where pulmonology and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) specialists see your child the same day, in the same clinic
  • state-of-the-art and fully equipped five-bed sleep lab to perform sleep studies
  • psychologist/behavioral sleep specialist helping kids with trouble falling and/or staying asleep

We offer pediatric sleep medicine at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando).

  • pediatric sleep medicine program that includes the expertise of doctors from multiple specialties
  • state-of-the-art and fully equipped eight-bed sleep lab to perform sleep studies

We offer pediatric sleep medicine at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville (in collaboration with Wolfson Children’s Hospital) and select satellite Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.

  • team of board-certified pediatric neurologists led by a sleep medicine neurologist in our state-of-the-art Sleep Center , accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, at Wolfson's Children's Hospital (ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report)
  • behavioral sleep clinic, with a medical doctor and psychologist/behavioral sleep specialist focusing on trouble falling and/or staying asleep
  • specialty sleep clinics focusing on narcolepsy, epilepsy, complex airways and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. In CPAP therapy, a person wears a mask that covers the nose and mouth during sleep. The mask is connected to a machine that continuously pumps air into it to open the airways.

We offer pediatric sleep medicine at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola.

  • multiple pulmonologists selected as some of the Best Doctors in America®
  • pediatric sleep medicine program that includes the expertise of doctors from multiple specialties
  • state-of-the-art and fully equipped four-bed sleep lab to perform sleep studies
Patient Stories

Patient Stories


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Sometimes the best support and peace of mind comes from families who’ve been there. Meet some of the inspiring kids we’ve been honored to treat.

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