The Yale Pediatric Sleep Center

The Yale Pediatric Sleep Center, a collaboration between the Department of Pediatrics and Yale New Haven Hospital, was established in 1989. It is dedicated to the evaluation of cardiorespiratory and sleep disorders in infants, children and adolescents and is the longest standing sleep center that is solely dedicated to serving children in the State of Connecticut. The center is equipped with a state-of-the-art comprehensive polysomnographic monitoring system that is staffed by pediatric sleep technologists. In addition to providing a clinical service, the Pediatric Sleep Center is committed to research and advancing scientific knowledge in this ever-growing discipline of pediatric sleep disorders.

Infants, toddlers, children and adolescents with sleep problems can also be referred for evaluation in the Yale Pediatric Sleep Clinic, which is held twice a month. Evaluation for a suspected sleep related breathing problem begins with an initial consultation with a member of the Section of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine who will determine the most appropriate method of sleep assessment. Examples of referrals include those for:

  • Snoring
  • Noisy breathing
  • Upper airway obstruction
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Cyanotic or choking spells
  • Nocturnal asthma
  • Infants with apparent life threatening events
  • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome
  • Neuromuscular disease with hypoventilation
  • Pre-operative and post-operative evaluation for scoliosis, spina bifida, cleft palate and other neurosurgical and craniofacial disorders
  • Determination of respiratory needs for oxygen and ventilatory support

Based on the consultation, a study is then scheduled.

Direct referrals from healthcare providers to the Sleep Center are also accepted and can be made by calling the Center at (203) 688-1240 and requesting a direct referral form.

On the night of the study the child is introduced to the sleep lab, which is located in the Yale-New Haven Hospital. Our friendly and experienced staff will engage and prepare the child for the application of the monitoring equipment. A bed for one parent in the child's room is available.

Sleep studies are scored according to current polysomnography standards and the sleep center medical director and faculty provide an interpretation from which a formal report is generated and sent to the referring physician in a timely fashion. The report includes recommendations for further management.

The Yale Pediatric Sleep Center is directed by Sumit Bhargava, MD and is located at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.