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Sleep Disorders Center


Boys Town Sleep Disorders Center

When children are experiencing sleep problems, it can be disrupting and upsetting for the entire family.

Lack of an adequate amount of sleep can lead to problems in school and at home, irritability and behavioral problems.

The Boys Town Sleep Disorders Center is designed specifically for pediatric patients, ages 3-18 years, but technicians can perform sleep studies on adults as well.

The Boys Town Sleep Disorders Center examines the following sleep and behavioral concerns.

  • Respiratory problems
  • Parasomnias (sleep walking, sleep talking)
  • Sleep behavior issues
  • Narcolepsy/daytime sleepiness
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Snoring
  • Night terrors
    • Studies are conducted Monday through Friday by a team of licensed healthcare professionals and experience sleep technicians.

      When children come for a sleep study they usually come in in the late afternoon or early evening and the study usually starts around seven or eight o’clock at night depending on the age of the child.

      During the study, electrodes will be placed on specific locations of your child’s body to monitor breathing patterns, brain activity, eye movement, muscle activity, heart rate, oxygen levels and oro-nasal airflow.

      A polysomnogram records the different sleep stages and any problems that may be occurring during each stage.

      A video camera will record any behavioral issues that may occur during sleep.

      The entire study is non-invasive and painless.

      The sleep study is an overnight evaluation. In order to capture the most accurate results, we need your child to feel as comfortable as possible.

      You are welcome to bring favorite items from home to help maintain your bedtime routine.

      • Stuffed animal
      • Blanket
      • Bedtime storybook
      • Pajamas
      • Pull-ups
      • Bedtime snack (No caffeinated beverages)

      Boys Town National Research Hospital requires that a parent stay the night with their child. A separate bedroom is offered for the parent or if the parent wishes to stay in the same room with the child, comfortable sleeping arrangements are available.

      The mission of Boys Town is to change the way America cares for children, families, and communities. We know sleep problems can be very disruptive within families and so we feel that if we are able to diagnose those problems and, along with our large group of very capable and competent pediatricians and ENT doctors, come up with a treatment plan to help the child get better and get back to normal sleep and a normal life.

      The Boys Town Sleep Disorders Center is located Boys Town National Research Hospital at 14000 Boys Town Hospital Road, (139th Pacific) on the campus of Boys Town.

      If you are interested in determining the cause of your child’s sleep disorder, contact your physician for a referral to the Boys Town Sleep Disorder Center.

The Boys Town Sleep Disorders Center evaluates children and adults, by conducting an overnight polysomnography to determine the course of treatment for various sleep conditions and disorders.