Sleep disorders are common in children and are often under-diagnosed. According to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly 70% of children ages 10 and under experience some type of sleep problem. Children who have sleep disorders wake up often during the night, which can negatively affect their behavior and learning. The sleep disorders care team provides a comprehensive approach to helping children with various sleep disorders, working closely with specialists to evaluate, diagnose and make recommendations regarding the sleep disorder.
Miller Children's Sleep Lab and Clinic
At times, our physicians may recommend that a child spend the night at Miller Children’s Sleep Lab in order to properly evaluate his or her sleep patterns and behaviors. The Sleep Lab, built in 2006, has four comfortable beds and state-of-the-art equipment that aid the physician in diagnosing young patients with sleep disorders. We understand that this may be scary for a child, so one parent or caregiver is allowed to stay overnight with their child. The Sleep Lab is comfortably furnished, which helps create a soothing environment that provides peace of mind for the whole family.
It is helpful if the child’s parents have a detailed sleep history to share with the doctors to help them better diagnose the child. X-rays and other tests may be performed depending on the child’s needs. A child life specialist is a part of the care team and will help explain the tests to the young patient to help him or her feel more at ease and comfortable.
The Sleep Lab is located on the ground floor of Miller Children’s & Women's Hospital Long Beach in the Pediatric Respiratory Therapy Center.
Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
To receive a five-year accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center’s facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts and physician training. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves. Miller Children’s is one of only three accredited pediatric sleep disorders programs in Southern California.