Our Services / Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

Your child needs about nine hours of sleep every night. If your child has sleep disorders, such as getting insufficient sleep, sleepwalking, or sleep apnea, Ahmad Kayass, MD, of Tots N Teens Pediatrics, can help. He is board-certified in sleep medicine and pediatrics and is uniquely qualified to help with your child’s sleep disorder. Call one of the offices in Plano, Mesquite, or Forney, Texas, to set up an appointment, or use this website to request your visit online.

Sleep Disorders Q & A

What sleep disorders affect children?

Children don’t always “sleep like a baby.” As many as 20%-30% of children experience sleep problems at some point in their development. Some of the most common sleep disturbances in children include:

  • Insufficient sleep
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Nighttime arousal
  • Sleep apnea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleepwalking

If you’re concerned about your child’s sleep habits, make an appointment at Tots N Teens Pediatrics.

What are the symptoms of sleep disorders?

Your child may have a sleep disorder if they have any of the following:

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Snoring
  • Breathing pauses during sleep
  • Trouble staying awake during the day
  • Decrease in daytime performance
  • Sleepwalking or nightmares
  • Teeth grinding
  • Bed wetting
  • Trouble waking up in the morning

Children who also get up several times during the night may also have a sleep disorder. 

What effects do sleep disorders have on children?

Without quality sleep, children can suffer many negative side effects. These include moodiness and irritability. They may have trouble focusing or staying awake in school. Sometimes, behavioral and learning problems result, too. 

Sleep disorders in children can be incredibly frustrating to parents. Your child’s poor sleep often translates into poor sleep for you. Plus, it can be stressful to know your child is struggling with the effects in their daily life.

How are sleep disorders treated?

At Tots N Teens Pediatrics, the providers strive to help parents find solutions to children’s sleep disorders. Dr. Kayass works with you to find out why your child is having trouble sleeping. 

You may benefit from simple bedtime habit changes like:

  • Setting a regular bedtime every night
  • Creating a relaxing bedtime routine
  • Halting caffeine 6 hours before bedtime
  • Ensuring the bedroom is cool and dark
  • Keeping the noise level in the house low
  • Avoiding active play after dinner
  • Turning electronics off an hour before bedtime

If your child needs a sleep study or help with a medical problem like sleep apnea, the providers at Tots N Teens can help with other interventions.

Call Tots N Teens today if you think your child might have a sleep disorder. Alternatively, use the online tool to book a consultation.