Sleep Disorders Program
Sleep disorders can occur at any age and can affect your child's ability to get the sleep needed for essential growth, development and overall health. Twenty percent of all children suffer from some type of sleeping problem, and the causes range from poor sleep habits, behavioral problems, to underlying medical conditions. Whatever the cause, insufficient sleep and poor sleep quality can result in serious health problems that impact a child’s quality of life.
At Duke Children’s, we provide comprehensive testing (sleep studies), treatment and consultation for sleep disorders that affect infants, children and adolescents, offering:
A focus on children and families
All of our doctors, nurses and sleep lab technologists specialize in working with children, and every aspect of what we do is designed specifically for children. We take time to carefully diagnose your child’s condition and provide expert follow-up care. In addition, we consider our patients’ families to be a central part of the care team and will work closely with you throughout every step of your child’s treatment.
A multidisciplinary approach
Our primary team includes physicians from neurology and pulmonary and sleep medicine, who work together to diagnose and treat a variety of complex and chronic sleep disorders. Associate members of our team are from other divisions, including otolaryngology, child development and behavioral health, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. We also work closely with your primary care physician.
Specialized equipment and techniques
Our clinics and laboratories use advanced methods and sleep-monitoring technologies to study your child’s sleep and breathing patterns. These allow us to noninvasively diagnose even subtle forms of sleep disorders and help lead us to proper diagnosis and treatment.
Conditions We Treat
At Duke Children's, we treat children with a broad range of sleep disorders, including:
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Central sleep apnea
- Parasomnias (night terrors and sleep walking)
- Restless leg syndrome
- Sleep phase (circadian rhythm) disorders
- Sleep-related movement disorders
Services We Offer
We offer a variety of treatment options and work closely with each patient to ensure their unique disorders are treated with the specialized care and attention they need.
Our treatments include CPAP and Bi-PAP therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, stimulant medication for narcolepsy, and behavioral modification for delayed sleep phase syndrome and behavioral sleep disorders.
Physicians and Staff
|Name||Areas of Special Interest|
|Sujay Kansagra, MD||Pediatric sleep disorders, with particular interest in hypersomnia disorders such as narcolepsy, Klein-Levine Syndrome, and idiopathic hypersomnia; polysomnography interpretation|
|Richard M. Kravitz, MD||Pediatric sleep disorders, obstructive sleep apnea, polysomnography, pulmonary disease secondary to muscular dystrophies and neuromuscular weakness, technology- dependent children, asthma, complicated pneumonias, recurrent pneumonia, congenital lung malformations, reflux-related lung disease, pediatric lung disease|
Jeffrey Sank, RRT, RCP, RPSGT
Jacquelyn Currall, LPN, RPSGT, RST
Clinic Hours & Locations
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
Location phone: 919-668-4000
Duke Children's Consultative Services of Raleigh
3480 Wake Forest Road, Suite 310
Raleigh, NC 27609
Location phone: 919-862-5750
To serve our patients and referring physicians, faculty physicians covering pediatric pulmonology are always on call to answer questions and provide consultation.
- For a Sleep Clinic appointment or for more information about our Sleep Disorders Program, please call 919-681-4048.
- For a Sleep Study appointment, please call 919-681-4048.
Pediatric Sleep Study Order Form
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- Child Development and Behavioral Health
- Pediatric Clinical Trials
(Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)
- Pediatric Division of Neurology
(Duke School of Medicine)
- Pediatric Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
(Duke School of Medicine)
- Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- American College of Chest Physicians
- American Lung Association
- American Sleep Apnea Association
- American Thoracic Society
- Online Sleep Disorders Support Groups
- Narcolepsy Network
- National Center on Sleep Disorders Research
- National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
- National Sleep Foundation
- Restless Legs Foundation
- Sleep Disorders Health Center