The Sleep Center at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan has helped thousands of children improve their sleep. Pediatric sleep experts use some of the latest techniques and technologies to help infants, children and adolescents begin to benefit from appropriate sleep.

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Sleep Center is comprised of sleep labs in the community and a sleep clinic for assessments and evaluations by pediatric specialists. When a child is referred to the Sleep Clinic, he or she will be evaluated by physicians at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan or an affiliated facility. For some disorders, the child will see a psychologist or other health care professionals.

For further information or to schedule an appointment call (313) 745-KIDS or toll-free at (888) 362-2500.

Services and Innovations: An overnight sleep study

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Sleep Labs have all the comforts of home and are decorated like a cozy bedroom. Young patients are encouraged to bring stuffed animals and “blankies” from home to make their overnight stay even more comfortable. A parent or caregiver is required to bunk in the room with their child to ease any apprehensions. A sleep study is a non-invasive procedure that analyzes the body’s sleep patterns. Throughout the night, qualified technicians monitor body functions such as brain wave activity, muscle tone, heart rate, eye movement, air flow, respiratory effort and oxygen levels.

A sleep specialist reads the results of each sleep study, generates a report, then sends it to the referring physician with necessary recommendations. Children who experience excessive daytime sleepiness may require a daytime study after the nighttime evaluation.

Sleep Conditions and Treatments

Children experiencing any of the following symptoms should see a sleep specialist at the Children's Hospital of Michigan Sleep Center:

  • Significant snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Unusual movements during sleep
  • Excessive leg kicking
  • Sleep walking
  • Evening leg pain
  • Nightmares or night terrors
  • Problems with sleep or wake schedule
  • Daytime behavior problems
Parents who think their child has a sleep disorder should contact their pediatrician or family practice physician for a referral to a Children’s Hospital of Michigan sleep specialist.

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Back to School Sleep Tips for Kids and Teens

Nov 18, 2019
Abdulhamid  Ibrahim

Sleep experts generally advise that a consistent bed time is very important to maintain good sleep habits.  But summertime can mean that consistency doesn't happen as kids may stay awake later at night. A 2012 study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests consistency of kids' bedtimes is just as important for their developing brains as the number of hours of sleep they get. The results showed that at age 7, not having a regular bedtime was related to lower cognitive tests scores in girls for reading, math and spatial skills, but not for boys.

As the new school year approaches, Ibrahim F. Abdulhamid, M.D. clinical director, Pediatric Sleep Center on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan offers the following tips to help kids and teens develop good sleep habits.

  • Go to bed in a timely manner to assure sufficient sleep duration. That is the key to getting up on time in the morning, refreshed.
  • Keep consistent bedtimes and wake times every day of the week. Late weekend nights or sleeping-in can throw off a sleep schedule for days.
  • The National Sleep Foundation suggests that 5- to 12-year-olds need 10 to 11 hours of sleep every day.
  • A child’s bedroom should be cool, quiet and comfortable. Children who stare at clocks should have their clocks turned away from them. Bedtime should follow a predictable sequence of events, such as brushing teeth and reading a story.
  • Avoid spending lots of non-sleep time in bed — spending hours lying on a bed doing other activities before bedtime keeps our brains from associating the bed with sleep time.
  • Adolescents can benefit from a daytime nap. A short nap (20 to 30 minutes) in the afternoon has shown to improve physical efficiency and cognitive performance. The key here is that the nap should not be longer than 45 minutes or else grogginess kicks in.
  • Avoid high stimulation activities just before bed, such as watching television, playing video games, communication with friends, or exercise. It is especially important to avoid these activities during a nighttime awakening. It is best not to have video games, televisions, computers or phones in the child’s bedroom.
  • Avoid caffeine (sodas, chocolate, tea, coffee) in the afternoons/evenings. Even if caffeine doesn’t prevent falling asleep it can still lead to shallow sleep or frequent awakenings. Caffeine should be avoided within 4 to 6 hours of bedtime.
  • If a child is awake in bed tossing and turning, it is better for them to get out of bed to do a low stimulation activity, (i.e., reading) then return to bed later. This keeps the bed from becoming associated with sleeplessness. If the child is still awake after 20 to 30 minutes, spend another 20 minutes out of bed before lying down again.

As home to metropolitan Detroit’s only sleep center exclusively for children, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan has helped thousands of children improve their sleep. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan offers sleep centers at their specialty centers in Canton, Clinton Township, Dearborn and Detroit.

For further information or to schedule an appointment, call (313) 745-KIDS (5437) or toll-free at (888) 362-2500 or visit our sleep services page.