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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Pediatric Sleep Medicine

A good night's sleep is essential for a child’s growth and development. But sometimes, breathing problems, behavioral disorders, and other conditions can interrupt normal sleep patterns. In those cases, proper diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders is vital to help kids get back on track to restful sleep.

Leading Experts

At the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, we have assembled a team of some of the world's leading experts in the assessment, treatment, and research of pediatric sleep disorders. Our board-certified pediatric sleep medicine team is focused on the unique needs of children with sleep problems, and provides a full array of state-of-the-art diagnostic tests and treatment options to children of all ages. 

Learn more about the University of Chicago pediatric sleep medicine team

Help for All Pediatric Sleep Problems

Our team offers evaluation and treatment for all types of pediatric sleep disorders, including the following, and more:

  • Breathing problems during sleep, such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
  • Behavioral sleep disorders, including nightmares/night terrors and unwillingness to go to sleep
  • Problems falling asleep and staying asleep
  • Excessive sleepiness and trouble waking
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep problems in teenagers
  • Sleep walking
  • Bedwetting
  • Periodic limb movement disorder and restless legs syndrome (RLS)
  • Narcolepsy
  • Circadian rhythm disorders
  • Children who require respiratory support with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP)

University of Chicago pediatric sleep experts regularly see children with sleep problems that complicate other medical disorders, including asthma, autism, epilepsy, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), craniofacial disorders, obesity, and neuromuscular disorders. We work hand-in-hand with the child's other physician(s) to ensure comprehensive care. 

More details about our diagnostic and treatment services for sleep disorders

Premier Research Program

Our program is at the forefront of both clinical and basic science pediatric sleep medicine research. We study several aspects of sleep problems, and are investigating why and how sleep disorders occur; new ways to detect sleep disorders; associated medical and psychological complications of sleep disorders; and the effectiveness of new treatment strategies. 

Learn more about our pediatric sleep medicine research

Convenient Care

University of Chicago pediatric sleep medicine specialists hold outpatient clinics and overnight sleep studies at several convenient locations. Outpatient care is available at our main campus in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, and at clinics in Westmont, Ill. and Merrillville, Ind. Overnight sleep studies are available at our medical campus in Chicago, as well as in Hinsdale, Ill. 

View our outpatient clinic and sleep lab locations

In some cases, we offer at-home sleep studies. Parents can set up the devices on their children and, with the help of a home health care professional, send the data to the University of Chicago sleep laboratory.