Prepare for Your Appointment
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Learn more about what to expect by reading our patient handbook [PDF].
Trouble sleeping can affect your child’s mood, behavior and thinking at home or school. Look to UNM Health’s board-certified pediatric sleep specialist – the only such professional in New Mexico – for help restoring your child’s health and well-being.
University of New Mexico Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center – home to the state’s only inpatient pediatric sleep lab – is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. That means your child benefits from:
- Thoroughly trained, qualified staff
- Strict measures to ensure safety and accurate results
- Advanced, high-quality technology
Sleep-Related Conditions We Treat
You’ll find comprehensive care at UNM Health for infants and children of all ages who experience conditions such as:
- Insomnia – Problems falling asleep or staying asleep.
- Narcolepsy – Excessive daytime drowsiness and sudden attacks of sleep.
- Nightmares or night terrors.
- Restless leg syndrome – Overwhelming urges to move the legs while at rest.
- Snoring and sleep apnea – Struggles to breathe during sleep.
- Sleepwalking or sleep talking.
Diagnosing Pediatric Sleep Problems
To learn the cause of your child’s sleep disturbances, a doctor may recommend an overnight sleep study or other testing in the UNM Hospital Sleep Disorders Center. Your child may spend the night in our sleep lab in a comfortable, private room with a place for one parent to stay overnight.
A sleep lab technician will place small electrodes on your child’s scalp, nose, mouth, chest and abdomen, and a sensor on his or her finger to collect vital signs overnight. Our pediatric sleep medicine specialist evaluates the findings and makes recommendations for treatment after the sleep study.
Treating Pediatric Sleep Problems
Our pediatric sleep medicine specialist can help determine if your child's sleep disturbance is related to another condition, such as a neurological, respiratory, gastrointestinal or behavioral health concern. Depending on your child’s diagnosis, you may receive a referral to another pediatric specialist for additional care.