Sleep problems are very common in children. Up to 50% of infants and young children experience sleep difficulties, and 80% of teenagers do not get enough sleep. Sleep problems are even more common in children with medical, developmental or mental health concerns.
Pediatric Sleep Specialists is an independent organization and the only comprehensive pediatric sleep disorders center in the region. The center includes a sleep clinic and sleep lab. We diagnose and treat sleep disorders in infants, children and teenagers. In addition to snoring and breathing disorders which affect sleep, we evaluate patients for all of the seven major classes of sleep disorders which can affect their ability to fall asleep, stay asleep or function while awake.
Not every child needs a sleep study, lab work, medication or surgery. Some families respond well to guidance on how to approach sleep tailored to the family’s unique needs, so that their child can be alert, happy, ready to play and learn!
Viral Kothari, MD
Sleep-related breathing disorders may include snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, a condition involving repeated episodes of partial or complete blockage of the airway during sleep.
According to sleep researchers, most ongoing sleep problems in infants are caused by environmental factors, whereas some are caused by other medical conditions.
Insomnia is a sleep disturbance in which children have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. While older children may complain of this on their own, it is often the parent of the younger child who brings this to attention.
This may be due to conditions known as circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders. Symptoms may include drowsiness during the day and alertness at night.
In the spotlight
Dr. Viral Kothari is board certified in general pediatrics, pediatric pulmonology, and sleep medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Thoracic Society, American Telemedicine Association, and El Paso County Medical Society.
He is excited to the lead the only comprehensive pediatric sleep disorders center in the region.