Sleep Medicine

A Better Night's Sleep for Your Child - and You

The Mary Bridge Children's Sleep Medicine clinic uses highly trained professionals and advanced technology to evaluate and treat children for sleep disorders.

We work in concert with MultiCare Sleep Medicine Centers, one of only a few sleep centers in Washington with technicians experienced in performing sleep studies on children. Our unique sleep clinic team includes board certified physicians specializing in pediatric sleep disorders, pediatric neurology and pediatric pulmonology, plus pediatric registered nurses, and a sleep center technician. 

The clinic offers diagnosis and intervention for infants, children and adolescents with various sleep disorders, including:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
  • Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
  • Behaviorally conditioned sleep arousals
  • Sleep terrors and other parasomnias
  • Narcolepsy excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Circadian rhythm disorders

Who should be seen at Mary Bridge Children's Sleep Medicine?

Children and adolescents who are suspected of having sleep-related disorders, including:

  • Parasomnias (abnormal sleep experiences that are frequent, difficult to control, or cause injuries), such as sleepwalking or talking, or sleep terrors.
  • Sleep-related breathing disorders or Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome.
  • Sleep-related movement disorders, including Restless Legs Syndrome, Periodic Limb Movements of sleep and other sleep related movements.
  • Sleep disturbances resulting in behavioral problems. Sleep patterns may be part of a behavior disorder or the cause of Attention Deficit Disorder type symptoms.
  • Circadian rhythm disorders (when the biological clock is out of rhythm with the normal environment), as in Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome.
  • Narcolepsy and other causes of excessive daytime sleepiness.

Evaluation and Treatment Process

A detailed history and physical exam is completed during the first visit to the clinic and the physician will determine if further testing is needed. Some children may be referred to the MultiCare Sleep Disorder Center for an overnight sleep study or Nocturnal Polysomnogram (NPSG). This procedure monitors and records multiple physiologic aspects of a child’s sleep in order to make a proper diagnosis.

After a diagnosis is made, a management plan for improving the child’s sleep quality is developed and shared with the referring physician.

For more information, call 253-792-6630.