Sleep Disorders Center

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The Pediatric and Adolescent Sleep Disorders Center at Le Bonheur is the only exclusively pediatric and adolescent sleep disorders laboratory in the region that is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

The Sleep Disorders Center helps in the management of sleep disordered breathing and various other sleep disorders in children with complex medical conditions such as chronic lung diseases, neuromuscular disorders, craniofacial syndromes, and respiratory control disorders. The center includes a multidisciplinary team of sleep specialists, pediatricians, and pulmonologists all dedicated to helping families dealing with the effects of sleep problems on children’s cognition, behavior and quality of life.

Our physicians are board certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Our Sleep Technologists are board certified by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

Conditions we treat

We evaluate and treat children with various sleep disorders including:

  • Sleep-disordered breathing (obstructive sleep apnea, apnea of infancy)
  • Snoring
  • Parasomnias (sleep walking, nightmares & night terrors)
  • Circadian rhythm disorders (delayed sleep phase syndrome)
  • Movement disorders (restless leg syndrome & periodic limb movement disorders)
  • Narcolepsy
  • Behavior sleep problems & sleep onset association disorder
  • Sleep & breathing disorders associated with neuromuscular disorders
  • Central hypoventilation syndrome
  • Chronic respiratory failure
  • Excessive nighttime sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Restless sleep
  • Sleep disturbances associated with chronic illness
  • Upper airway and craniofacial anomalies
  • Respiratory control disorders
  • Ventilator or technology dependence


The clinics and services provided at Le Bonheur Sleep Disorders Center include:

  • Sleep Disorders Clinic: The clinics provide services to children and adolescents with various sleep disorders including sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, parasomnia, and circadian rhythm disorders.
  • CPAP Clinic: The clinics provide services to children and adolescents who need CPAP or BiPAP for various sleep disorders including sleep apnea, hypoventilation and respiratory control disorders.
  • Sleep Laboratory: The six-bed sleep laboratory provides an important diagnostic tool in evaluation and management of children with sleep disorders. Each monitoring room has a separate but attached room for the patient’s family member.
  • Inpatient Sleep Service: We provide services including inpatient sleep studies to the hospitalized children and adolescents at Le Bonheur Children’s hospital.

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Treatment options

Our multi-disciplinary team of subspecialists works with otolaryngologists (ENT) and other specialists to provide:

  • Therapeutic surgical intervention needed for sleep apnea such as tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
  • Breathing support includes Continuous Positive Airway Pressure(CPAP)/Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

Education & Research

The sleep medicine fellowship at Le Bonheur Children’s is an ACGME-approved graduate medical training program with strong emphasis on clinical and research aspects of the specialty. The combined training program utilizes resources from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and VA Medical Center. The fellowship is a one-year program. We offer fellows diverse clinical training in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and focus extensively on the management of pediatric and adult patients with a variety of sleep disorders. The Le Bonheur Sleep Center partners with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Sleep Research Group.

Meet the team

What is a typical first appointment like?

A visit to the Sleep Clinic includes a full evaluation of sleep habits, irregularities and discussion of all complaints, then a recommendation for a sleep study. The Sleep Center maintains a homelike environment for comfort and to better monitor sleep. Your child can bring books, stuffed animals, blankets or other familiar objects that are part of his or her usual bedtime routine. Afterwards, we will develop a specific treatment plan for each child.

After scheduling the first appointment, you will receive a sleep questionnaire in the mail to complete before the appointment. At the first appointment, we will provide your family with educational materials about your child’s particular condition.

For more information

For more information, please call Le Bonheur Connect at 901-287-PEDS or 1-866-870-5570.


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