Sleep Disorders Center

The Sleep Disorders Center at The Children's Hospital of Alabama is the only multidisciplinary sleep disorders center in Alabama and surrounding regions dedicated exclusively to children. Our center is accredited by the Americian Academy of Sleep Medicine.

We diagnose and care for children with any type of sleep disorder, including (but not limited to):

  • Sleep-disordered breathing
  • Apnea of infancy
  • Behavioral problems (bedtime stuggles, night wakenings)
  • Parasomnias (sleep walking, sleep terrors)
  • Narcolepsy
  • Idiopathic Hypersomnia
  • Circadian rhythm disorders (delayed sleep phase syndrome)
  • Movement disorders (periodic limb movement disorder, head banging)

We aid in the evaluation and management of children with obstructive sleep apnea, as well as chronic lung diseases, neuro musclar disease with chronic respiratory failure, hypoventilation syndrome, and respiratory control disorders.

Our staff assist in making recommendations about supplemental oxygen, non-invasive ventilatory support and mechanical assisted ventilation during sleep.

Our Sleep Disorders Center consists of eight beds with state of the art equipment; as well as two portable systems for inpatient studies.

Sleep Studies are performed five nights a week. Studies are not performed on Friday or Saturday nights. You and your child should arrive at 6:30pm. Registration is on 2nd Floor in Referred Testing. Registration for Sunday is on 1st floor in Admitting.

Important telephone numbers
If you have any questions, and need to change your appointment, please contact us at 205-638-9386, Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Plan Your Visit

You and your child should arrive at the hospital by 6:30 p.m. Please go to Referred Testing on 2nd floor to register your child. If your study is scheduled for a Sunday night, please register in the Russell Building on 2nd floor in Admitting. After registering your child please proceed to the sleep center located in the McWayne Building on 3rd floor.

No caffeine on day of study. Dinner is not served; please feel free to bring snacks. Breakfast is provided for your child. A parent or guardian can purchase a meal for $3.50.  We encourage you to plan on staying until 10:00a.m. to see a sleep physician for preliminary results.

The hook-up procedure is approximately an hour to an hour and a half. Sensors are applied to the head (EEG) for assessing stages of sleep. In addition, special sensors are applied near your child's nose, chest and abdomen to measure breathing. Other sensors are applied to your child's legs to measure movement during sleep. All sensors are applied externally to the skin.

Your child can bring a favorite bedtime item (toy, teddy bear or blanket ) to help him or her feel more comfortable.  A parent or guardian is required to stay with children 14 and under. No siblings are allowed to stay overnight. There are two sleep chairs provided in each room.  Each bedroom has a TV/DVD combo. Our facility also has a shower, microwave, and refrigerator. Please silence cells phone after lights off. Televisions are turned off at lights off.