DOES MY CHILD HAVE A SLEEP PROBLEM?
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Sleep problems and sleep disorders are common among children. Most sleep problems have warning signs. You should discuss these signs and symptoms with your child’s health care provider. Some sleep problems go away as a child grows and develops. Most ongoing sleep problems can be treated eﬀectively.
Sleep is essential for optimal health in children. Be sure that your child is getting enough sleep each night. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that children and teens get the following amounts of sleep on a regular basis to promote optimal health:
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Warning signs include having trouble waking up in the morning and acting sleepy throughout the day. Other symptoms include a general lack of daytime energy and an unexplained decrease in daytime performance. Another warning sign is if your child takes naps at unusual times of day. However, it is normal for children to take naps up to about 5 years of age.
Difficulty falling asleep and problems sleeping through the night
At one time or another, most children have trouble sleeping through the night. It is more concerning if the problem becomes a nightly pattern or if it has a negative eﬀect on your child during the day.
It is normal for a child to be frightened by a vivid dream. However, frequent nightmares are much less common. Nightmares become a problem if they cause anxiety, distress or bedtime resistance.
Snoring or breathing pauses during sleep
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Imtiaz Ahmad, MD, MPH, FCCP
Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad is a highly qualified physician, Board Certified in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. He has been actively serving the community of Lee County, Florida since 2004, with a strong focus on a proactive healthcare approach. Dr. Ahmad has received advanced training from some of the most prestigious institutions, including Harvard University, Cornell University, State University of New York at Brooklyn, and the University of Mississippi. SOMNAS is a medical facility that is committed to improving and maintaining the health of patients with sleep disorders. The expert team at SOMNAS is known for their compassionate and high-quality care. They offer unparalleled treatment and care to patients on the Gulf Coast of Florida, ensuring a better and healthier life for them.
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