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Sleep Disorders

At Cleveland Clinic’s Sleep Disorders Center, our multidisciplinary program is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders in children and adults. Our team approach unites pediatric sleep experts, neurologists, internal medicine, family medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine specialists, psychologists, psychiatrists and otolaryngologists, under one roof.

Sleep problems may be seen in 25 to 30 percent of infants and children at some point in their lives. While sleep disturbances are frequently temporary, often they may become chronic if left untreated. They may be associated with external factors or medical problems. Cleveland Clinic’s Pediatric Sleep specialists treat children and adolescents with sleep problems at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, the Fairhill location, just 1.3 miles east of the main campus, at Independence Family Health Center and Richard E. Jacobs Health Center. Overnight sleep testing is also performed at several hotel-based sleep laboratories in the region.

Cleveland Clinic’s Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The center is part of Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute, whose neurology and neurosurgery services for children and adults are ranked best in Ohio. Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery are ranked #8 in the nation, and adult neurology and neurosurgery are ranked #6 in the United States by U.S.News & World Report.

A sleep disorder is characterized by a disturbance of normal sleep patterns. Problems may range from insufficient or unrefreshing sleep, bedtime settling problems or sleep walking to more serious conditions such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy. If not treated, sleep disorders can become serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental and emotional functioning.

We evaluate and treat the following pediatric sleep disorders:

  • Bedtime struggles
  • Night awakenings
  • Sleepwalking
  • Sleep terrors
  • Nightmares
  • Head banging
  • Insomnia
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Bed-wetting
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Circadian (biological clock) rhythm disorders
  • Nocturnal seizures

We evaluate and treat the following sleep disorders in older children/teens:

  • Insufficient sleep
  • Circadian (biological clock)
  • Rhythm disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Sleepwalking
  • Bedwetting

Specialized Pediatric Treatment

Children spend a substantial part of their lives asleep. In fact, in infancy and early childhood, the developing brain seems to need more time asleep than it does awake. This underscores the importance of sleep in the overall well-being of a child. Children may suffer from lack of sleep simply by not sleeping an adequate number of hours or they may lack good quality sleep.

Sleep disorders may lead to inability to get up in time for school, daytime moodiness, irritability, lack of focus in class, and significant behavioral and learning problems. Substance abuse and absenteeism are known to occur. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to cause adverse cardiovascular and metabolic effects. Subtle symptoms may include:

  • Poor school performance
  • Moodiness
  • Inattention
  • Tiredness

Specialists in child neurology, pulmonary medicine, pediatrics, child psychology, psychiatry and ear nose and throat surgery work closely with the sleep specialist to diagnose and treat a variety of sleep-related issues. After obtaining a thorough medical and sleep history, all children receive a physical examination to identify any medical problems. Behavioral techniques and adjustment of children's sleep schedules can be helpful in many instances.

Parents and patients are encouraged to tour the sleep lab at our Fairhill location, just 1.3 miles east of the main campus. Streamlined care for children with special needs is offered at our Fairhill location. Each room is equipped with appropriate cribs and beds with safety guards for the special needs child. Attached full bathrooms offer privacy and the convenience of a shower before going directly to school the next day. A TV and selection of children’s programming entertain children while the child friendly technologists apply sensors for testing.

For overnight visits, parents get a separate bed in our large comfortable hotel-like rooms at Fairhill and are required to stay for the duration of the child’s testing. You are encouraged to bring your child’s favorite personal items like snacks, teddy bear or pillow.

Weekend testing is available in our hotel based sleep clinics and is available for children 8 years of age or older at various conveniently located hotels in the greater Cleveland area.


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Sally Ibrahim, MD
 

Sally Ibrahim, MD

Ibrahim, Sally, MD
216.636.5860

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Department: Sleep Disorders Center

Specialties: Adolescent Obesity, Circadian Rhythm Disorders, Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, Hypersomnia, Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Narcolepsy in Children more

Treats: Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Surgeon: No

Education: University of Texas Medical School at Galveston

 
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*Studies and testing for children and adolescents with special needs and/or certain types of medical conditions are performed at the Fairhill location only.

Overnight Sleep Testing

Hotel-based sleep laboratories have dramatically improved patient satisfaction, as overnight sleep testing can be performed in the comfort of a hotel suite, often quite close to home.

Overnight Sleep Labs

For patients of all ages, sleep studies are performed at:

  • *Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center at Fairhill

For patients 8 and older, sleep studies are performed at the following locations:

  • The Courtyard by Marriott Airport/North in North Olmsted
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Beachwood

For patients 12 and older, sleep studies are performed at the following locations:

  • The Courtyard by Marriott in Independence
  • Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights
  • The Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg
  • The Holiday Inn Express in Mentor
  • The Motel 6 in Medina
  • The Ramada Inn Elyria/Lorain in Elyria

*Studies and testing for children and adolescents with special needs and/or certain types of medical conditions are performed at the Fairhill location only.

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Call 216.636.5860 to schedule a sleep consult or to arrange a sleep study.

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