Pediatric Sleep Disorders


Sleep disorders are common in the child and adolescent population.  In school-age children, snoring and breathing problems at night can signify obstructive sleep apnea.  This is most often due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids.  Sleep disorders in children can cause hyperactivity and there is strong research showing a link between obstructive sleep apnea in children and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Teenagers most commonly exhibit difficulty sleeping at night. This is often due to an abnormality in the circadian rhythm (body’s sleep clock) resulting in difficulty sleeping at night and a desire to sleep late in the morning. This can result in absences from school or sleep deprivation. Also the symptoms of narcolepsy commonly begin in this age group.

Cohen has a special interest in children and teenagers with sleep problems.  He had extensive training at the University of Michigan where he worked in a pediatric sleep clinic throughout his sleep medicine fellowship.  Many sleep specialists do not have this specialized training and focus on only adult patients.

NOTE– At this time, The Center for Sleep Medicine Philadelphia is not accepting infant patients.

By focusing solely on Sleep Medicine In Philadelphia, we have the opportunity to spend the time needed to diagnose and solve our patient’s sleep difficulties.  We maintain a commitment to providing comprehensive evaluations of and treatments for all sleep disorders.