Two sleep disorders centers focussing on the children have opened up with dedicated sleep disorders programs  for the suburban Philadelphia residents. These two Philadelhia hospitals intend to help people who have trouble sleeping.

Crozer-Keystone Sleep Centers recently opened the Pediatric Sleep Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton also recently opened a sleep disorders center for adults on the third floor of its Medical Arts Pavilion.

Crozer-Keystone Sleep Centers has been opened by Crozer-Keystone Health System to serve children ages six months to 16 years with problems such as sleep apnea, sleep walking, insomnia and night terrors.

“Everyone has heard a lot about sleep apnea.In children between the ages of 2 and 5 years, obstructive sleep apnea is associated with large adenoids or ‘mouth breathing.’ Children with sleep apnea also present with poor growth and weight gain. We do not fully know why, but we think that it is partly because growth hormones are secreted during sleep. If a child has a sleep disorder it interrupts this process,” says the director of the sleep disorders center.

Other common sleep problems that children can experienc are sleepwalking, bed-wetting and frequent awakenings during the night. There is a connection between insomnia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and that people who battle insomnia early on in childhood can have this problem follow them throughout their lives.

Crozer-Keystone officials said they believe the program at Crozer-Chester is the only pediatric sleep center in the suburbs. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher Hospital for Children in Philadelphia have pediatric sleep disorder programs.

Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton also recently opened a sleep disorders center for adults on the third floor of its Medical Arts Pavilion. Dr. Ajay Pillai is the center’s director.In collaboration with the bariatric surgery weight-loss program at Mercy Suburban, one of the rooms in the sleep disorder center is bariatric friendly.

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