Sleep Medicine

The Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center at the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital offers specialized services to treat children with sleep conditions. Sleep disorders in children and adolescents are associated with a host of problems, including academic, behavioral, developmental and social difficulties, weight abnormalities and other health conditions.CHHSleepMix1216 361B2

Some common symptoms of pediatric sleep disorders include:

  • Excessive snoring
  • Lapses in breathing/gasping for air
  • Bed wetting in children older than six
  • Multiple nighttime arousals
  • Difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep
  • Restless sleep
  • Hyperactivity
  • Unusual movements/behavior during sleep
  • A decline in school performance
  • Excessive drowsiness/daytime sleepiness
  • Sleep walking

The Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center uses special sensors and equipment specifically designed for pediatric patients. Technologists are trained to work with children and the rooms where sleep studies are conducted are designed to make the youngest patients feel at ease.

Services offered include:

    • Overnight sleep study or Ploysomnogram (PSG)
    • Overnight CPAP/Bipap titration studies
    • Daytime nap studies or Mean Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT)
    • Maintenance of Wakefulness (MWT)

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Paul Knowles, MD, is the medical director for the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center. He is board certified in Sleep Medicine and Pediatric Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed fellowship training in pediatric neurology at Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Akron, Ohio. He earned his medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Knowles has more than 30 years of experience in pediatric neurology.