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Sleep Specialist Dr. Gerald Suh Differentiates Behavioral from Physiological Sleep Disorders
Date:2/19/2013

Bayside, NY (PRWEB) February 19, 2013

Every expectant parent knows that with the arrival of a new baby an uninterrupted night's sleep will become a longed for and distant memory, at least for some period of time. But while it's normal for a two-month-old to wake frequently during the night, it isn't normal for a two-year-old. Parents bring this and many other concerns about sleep behaviors to pediatricians and seek advice in books and online on how to develop healthy sleep habits in their children. “Eventually, most children outgrow frequent waking during the night and resistance at nap and bedtime,” says sleep specialist Dr. Gerald Suh. “But there are more serious sleep disturbances that if uncorrected can seriously affect the child's health and happiness and upset the family's equilibrium.”

Dr. Suh offers tips and recommends that parents consult the pediatrician or primary physician for children who exhibit one or more of these symptoms frequently or for an extended period:

  • Snoring, snorting, choking and gasping for breath
  • Breathing with an open mouth or sleeping with the neck extended
  • Sleepwalking and/or sleep-talking
  • Night terrors or nightmares
  • Unusual or excessive movements during sleep
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Persistent bed wetting
  • Excessive sleepiness during the day
  • Daytime behavioral issues such as difficulty concentrating, aggression or hyperactivity

The physician will take a complete history and may recommend a sleep study to pinpoint the cause of the disturbance. Pediatric sleep disorders cover a wide range. Primary disorders have a physiological basis and while some may be outgrown, others require medical intervention. Secondary disorders, such as night awakening and bedtime resistance, are more often behavioral in natu
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