Sleep medicine

What is a sleep disorder?

Sleep disorders are health problems that present during a child's sleep or are sleep related. Common disorders include insomnia, narcolepsy, snoring, restless legs syndrome and sleepwalking. Respiratory disorders that affect children during sleep include obstructive sleep apnoea, chronic lung diseases, and problems with ventilation. Many of these respiratory disorders only appear during sleep times, or else they get worse during sleep.

How do we help children with sleep disorders?

The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network Sleep Medicine Services provide the majority of specialist tertiary paediatric sleep services for NSW and the ACT.

Services based at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead provide a high quality clinical and diagnostic service for children with a wide spectrum of sleep disorders and sleep-related breathing disorders and those requiring respiratory support, including home oxygen, positive airway pressure support (CPAP and BPAP) and non-invasive ventilation. This occurs through both inpatient and outpatient consultative services at both hospitals.

Sleep Medicine provides the following services:

  • Polysomnography (PSG - sleep studies)
  • Outpatient and consulting room appointments for clinical assessments
  • In-patient consultative services
  • Non-invasive Respiratory support (including CPAP and BiLevel Positive Pressure Support (BPAP))
  • Long Term Ventilation
  • Consultation, investigation and treatment for a range of sleep disorders including non-respiratory disorders such as narcolepsy, parasomnias, behavioural insomnias, sleep-related movement disorders and circadian rhythm disorders.
  • Assessment and management of a range of predominantly respiratory-related sleep disorders such as infants at risk of SIDS, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), children at risk of respiratory failure such as those with neuromuscular disease, craniofacial syndromes, congenital hypoventilation syndromes, chronic lung disease, such as cystic fibrosis and chronic neonatal lung disease