Sleep medicine

Sleep specialists at Studer Family Children’s Hospital Sleep Center provide pediatric sleep studies and care for childhood sleep disorders.

Young girl sleeping.

Sleep medicine at Studer Family Children’s Hospital

When your child does not get enough sleep, the lack of sleep can lead to physical and emotional health concerns. Experienced pediatric sleep medicine specialists at Studer Family Children’s Hospital Sleep Center at Ascension Sacred Heart in Northwest Florida diagnose and treat even the most complex sleep disorders. Studer Family Children’s Hospital Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

If your child is showing signs of anxiety, sleepwalking, bed-wetting, night terrors, or trouble staying awake, a pediatric sleep specialist can diagnose and treat your child. Your child’s doctor starts by listening to you, to better understand your concerns. And your child’s doctor may recommend a pediatric sleep study to help diagnose your child’s sleep condition.

Specialized care for pediatric sleep disorders

Pediatric sleep specialists at Studer Family Children’s Hospital diagnose and treat many childhood sleep disorders, including:

  • Behavioral sleep disorders
  • Bed-wetting
  • Circadian rhythm disorder
  • Difficulty falling asleep (insomnia)
  • Difficulty staying awake (narcolepsy)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Jerky legs while sleeping (periodic limb movement disorder)
  • Night terrors
  • Restless leg syndrome during the day
  • Sleep apnea
  • Sleepwalking and night terrors (parasomnia)

Some sleep disorders may be related to other physical or emotional health conditions. Our multispecialty care team includes pediatric sleep medicine doctors, pediatric otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors), pediatric craniofacial surgeons, child life specialists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists and social workers. We also work with specialists in behavioral and mental health, weight management, and adolescent medicine. So if your child needs more care, we connect you with the right pediatric specialists.

Affiliated with University of Florida Health

Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart and UF Health, home of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, bring together multidisciplinary teams of highly specialized doctors who are at the forefront of the latest research and clinical trials, and diagnostic, surgical and technological developments. This means your child and family are connected to some of the most advanced pediatric specialty care.

Specialized sleep studies for children

Sometimes, sleep studies are recommended to help diagnose your child’s sleep condition. A referral is needed for a sleep study. Your child’s pediatrician, sleep medicine specialist or other specialist may refer your child to our sleep lab for a sleep study. To have your child referred to our pediatric sleep lab for a sleep study, please have their doctor call 850-416-2190.

Pediatric sleep testing is different from sleep testing for adults. Your child will have a private suite designed just for children and families. And up to two adult caregivers can also stay overnight during the study. Our care team is experienced in working with young children and teens, including children with complex medical and behavioral needs. And we take the time to help your child feel comfortable during their sleep study.

Sleep medicine