Although sleep disorders in children are common, they often go undiagnosed. Studies by the National Sleep Foundation, found that nearly 70% of children under 10-years-old experience some type of sleep problem. These problems affect more than just their sleep; since sleep disorders can cause children to wake up often during the night, it can have negative effects on their behavior and learning. We use a comprehensive approach to provide big-picture solutions, and in addition to assessing children of all ages, our team is highly specialized to assess problems in children ages 0-6.
The Connection Between Sleep and Behavior
A recent study revealed that lack of sleep in early childhood can result in cognitive and behavioral problems years later. Sleep maximizes the brain's ability to use executive function, which is our ability to receive, process, and respond to information. Children who are sleep deprived tend to show poorer executive function. Our team is highly-trained to assess and care for the specific sleep and behavioral challenges that occur in these situations, and ready to create a tailor-made solution for your child's needs.
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What Is a Sleep Study?
After your sleep consultation, your child may be recommended for a sleep study. A sleep study is a non-invasive, painless evaluation of your child's sleep. Electrodes attached with paste monitor brain waves, rapid eye movements, breathing patterns, respiratory efforts, oxygen levels, snoring, muscle tone and leg movements, electrocardiogram and heart rate.
Pediatric patients typically arrive at 7:45pm and leave between 6:00 am and 7:00 am. Our sleep lab facility is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and designed to maximize comfort.
Sleep studies routinely include a digitally recorded video that enables Dr. Feldman to visually observe sleep position, movements, respiration and other sleep-related information. We are required to have your written consent to perform the sleep study and to record the video. This data is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which established national standards for the security and privacy of health data. Dr. Feldman will review the sleep recording in conjunction with your clinical history in order to arrive at a diagnosis.
Book An Appointment
After our initial consultation, we may recommend your child for a sleep study or other method of intervention. To make an appointment for a sleep consultation, call us at (949) 446-8990, or fill out the appointment request below, and we will get back to you to as soon as possible.
About the Doctor
GARY FELDMAN, MD
Pediatric Sleep Specialist
Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrician
With over 16 years of experience, Dr. Gary Feldman founded Ocean Medicine after developing a longstanding reputation for excellence in pediatric sleep and behavior medicine as the Medical Director of the Stramski Children's Developmental Center at Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach since 2004. He was named 2010 Physician of the Year by Miller Children's and Women's Hospital Long Beach, and has been named a Southern California Super Doctor since 2014. He has received numerous other awards acknowledging his distinctions in behavioral pediatrics and sleep medicine, and is a sought-after speaker on these topics as well as international adoption medine.