Explore This Treatment Program

Overview

The Sleep Disorders Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children with disorders of sleep including:

  • Sleep apnea, both central and obstructive
  • Insomnia
  • Parasomnias (unusual behaviors during sleep such as sleepwalking, sleep talking and head banging)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness, including disorders such as narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia
  • Behavioral sleep problems in young children such as frequent nocturnal awakenings and bedtime resistance
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Circadian disorders

Comprehensive Care

The sleep service conducts comprehensive outpatient examinations of each patient. Based on these investigations, we offer a number of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions including:

  • Overnight polysomnography
  • Multiple sleep latency testing
  • Actigraphy
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), bi-level positive airway pressure (BIPAP) and nocturnal ventilation
  • Cognitive-behavioral treatment of insomnia, problems settling at bedtime or frequent awakenings
  • Medication management of insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and sleep schedule problems

The sleep disorders team includes specially trained physicians and sleep technologists. We perform sleep studies nightly both in the Pediatric Sleep Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and in the clinical neurophysiology laboratory.