San Francisco area patients ask what to look for in children as signs of sleep disorders
Dr. Jamil Alkhoury of TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of San Francisco understands the importance of a good night’s sleep. When children are having trouble sleeping, it can impact their lives in many ways. A lack of sleep can result in several issues such as mood swings, performance problems, and poor memory and concentration. This can have a negative effect at school, during extracurricular programs, and in their social relationships. Children need to get at least nine hours of sleep a night. However, if they are experiencing sleep disturbances, they may need an evaluation for a sleep disorder.
Signs a child may have a sleep disorder
There are many different sleep disorders that can impact both children and adults, and each exhibits its own signs and symptoms. However, if you notice any of the following in your child, it might be a good idea to have him or her evaluated for a sleep disorder by Dr. Jamil Alkhoury of San Francisco, CA.
- Chronic snoring while sleeping
- Trouble falling asleep
- Gasping or paused breathing during sleep
- Daytime fatigue
- Increase in nightmares or night terrors
How do I know if my child has a sleep disorder?
Sleep disorders can cause children to miss out on much-needed sleep every night. However, diagnosing a sleep disorder should be left to the professionals. At TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of San Francisco, Dr. Jamil Alkhoury can discuss with parents the symptoms they are noticing from their child. A sleep study may be performed, as well as a physical evaluation to determine if there are any physical reasons for a child’s lack of sleep. In some instances, a child may benefit from routine changes following up to bedtime, including a calming bath or quiet story time. Changes in when to allow food and drink in the evenings can also impact a child’s sleep, as well as television and screen time right before bed. Our team can advise parents on ways to make bedtime come easier for children who may already struggle with falling asleep.
Schedule a visit with Dr. Jamil Alkhoury today
If you live in or around the area of San Francisco and are interested in having your child evaluated for a sleep disorder, contact TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of San Francisco at 415 870-7232. Our practice is located at 450 Sutter Street, Suite 1708, and is accepting new patients.