by Angela Davis
Twenty years ago, the sleep medicine program at Mayo Clinic did 18 pediatric sleep studies. Last year, it did more than 800. Although kids are still only a fraction of the sleep medicine patient population, it's been growing quickly as doctors have focused on the importance of sleep to child and teen development — and realized that sleep disorders like apnea aren't limited to adults. Suresh Kotagal and Robin Lloyd, two doctors at Mayo's Center for Sleep Medicine, joined MPR's Angela Davis to talk about sleep and kids.
Reach: Minnesota Public Radio operates 43 stations and serves virtually all of Minnesota and parts of the surrounding states. MPR has more than 100,000 members and more than 900,000 listeners each week, which is the largest audience of any regional public radio network.
Context: Suresh Kotagal, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic pediatrician, neurologist and pulmonologist. Robin Lloyd, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic pediatric sleep medicine specialist. Mayo Clinic experts trained in sleep medicine, including doctors trained in lung and breathing conditions (pulmonologists), brain and nervous system conditions (neurologists), and mental health conditions (psychiatrists), have experience diagnosing and treating people with sleep disorders. Sleep specialist are involved in every stage of your sleep evaluation, from the initial examination, through comprehensive testing and therapy, to follow-up care.