When your child does not get enough sleep, it can negatively impact their days and affect nearly every aspect of their life. Children with pediatric insomnia can suffer developmental delays and struggle in school. The behaviors they exhibit while awake as a result of their insomnia can also strain their relationships with friends, family, and others. At Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders, we are proud to offer treatments for a variety of pediatric sleep disorders at our comfortable and welcoming locations while catering to the needs of our young patients in order to reduce any stress they may feel when visiting a doctor’s office.
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. There are two types of pediatric insomnia; primary insomnia, which is sleeplessness not related to a separate health condition and secondary insomnia, which is a sleep problem that is a symptom of a behavioral or medical issue. Insomnia symptoms may last only a few weeks or days, or it could be a chronic condition that your child will have to manage throughout their lifetime. At Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders, we offer comprehensive care for children experiencing sleep problems and insomnia related to sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing. We work with parents and children to develop a sleep schedule and treatment plan that will improve your child’s health by prioritizing their sleep and ensuring they get the rest they need to support their overall health, education, and well-being.
How will I know if my child has insomnia?
While drowsiness may be the most obvious sign of insomnia in adults, lack of sleep in children can sometimes manifest as behavioral issues. If you notice your child has difficulty concentrating or they are exhibiting symptoms of depression, this could actually indicate that they are not getting enough sleep each night. Other symptoms you can look for include waking up too early, often waking during the night, difficulty falling asleep after they wake up at night, and resistance or anxiety when you try to put them to bed. It can sometimes be difficult to notice the symptoms of pediatric insomnia, so it is best to schedule an appointment with a sleep doctor as soon as you notice there may be an issue with your child’s sleep-wake schedule.
What is causing my child’s insomnia?
Depending on whether your child has primary or secondary insomnia, there are many different factors that could impact their ability to fall asleep and sleep enough. Behavioral and mental health conditions including depression or ADHD and the medications used to treat them could cause your child to suffer from insomnia. Neurodevelopmental disorders and sleep disorders like restless leg syndrome can also contribute. Medical conditions like allergies or asthma could cause your child to struggle when falling asleep, as can environmental factors such as noise and light. Sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing may negatively impact your child’s sleep and cause a variety of sleep problems. If you think your child’s insomnia may be related to sleep disordered breathing or sleep apnea, do not hesitate to contact our experienced sleep doctors today. KoalaKIDZzz® is a division of Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders specifically for kids. We treat children as young as 2 years old that suffer from symptoms related to Sleep-Related-Breathing Disorder. We offer non-invasive treatment options for SRDB and sleep apnea so your little one can get a better night’s sleep.