Pediatric Sleep Disorders Specialist

Sonoran Sleep Center

Sleep Medicine & Sleep Labs located in Glendale, AZ

Most children experience difficulty sleeping occasionally, but if your child snores loudly, has breathing pauses or has difficulty with sleeping through the night, it could point to an underlying medical issue. At Sonoran Sleep Center, board-certified sleep medicine doctor Sarah Patel, MD, has years of experience diagnosing and treating pediatric sleep disorders, including childhood insomnia, delayed sleep syndrome, and hypersomnia. To make an appointment for your child in Glendale, Arizona, call the office or book online today.

Pediatric Sleep Disorders Q&A

What are pediatric sleep disorders?

Pediatric sleep disorders are a group of conditions that affect infants, children, and teenagers.

Children may go through periods of poor sleep, but if your child is regularly drowsy or has trouble paying attention, having difficulty at school and at home with concentration, or difficulty remembering things, it’s important to visit a sleep doctor. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the risk of complications and improve your child’s quality of life.

What are some common pediatric sleep disorders?

At Sonoran Sleep Center, Dr. Patel treats various pediatric sleep disorders, including:

Childhood insomnia

Childhood insomnia makes it difficult for your child to fall or stay asleep. Your child might also refuse to go to bed without you or a favorite toy, like a stuffed animal or a blanket.

Delayed sleep phase syndrome

Delayed sleep phase syndrome typically affects tweens and teens. If your child has this condition, they might not feel drowsy until two hours or more after bedtime. This makes it difficult to wake up early for school and other activities.


Hypersomnia causes excessive daytime sleepiness. Various sleep-related disorders may cause hypersomnia, including narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and delayed sleep phase syndrome.


Parasomnias are a group of undesirable physical symptoms that children and teens experience during rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep. Common examples of parasomnias include night terrors, sleep talking, and sleepwalking.

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes your child to stop and start breathing multiple times during sleep. If your child has large tonsils, a cleft lip, or a cleft palate, they’re also more likely to experience sleep apnea.

How are pediatric sleep disorders diagnosed?

At Sonoran Sleep Center, Dr. Patel tailors pediatric appointments to each individual’s needs. After discussing your child’s symptoms and reviewing their medical records, she might recommend laboratory testing, a sleep study, and adjustments to sleep habits.

How are pediatric sleep disorders treated?

Treatment of pediatric sleep disorders depends on various factors, including the severity of your child’s symptoms and the underlying issue. Usually, Dr. Patel recommends healthy lifestyle changes and prescription medication. If your child experiences sleep problems because of a behavioral disorder, Dr. Patel can refer you to a pediatric psychiatrist for further analysis.

If you’re concerned that your child has a pediatric sleep disorder, request a consultation at Sonoran Sleep Center. Call the office or book online today.