Objectives. Understand normal sleep in childrenReview common pediatric sleep disordersDiscuss proper treatment options for childhood sleep disorders. Introduction. The average child spends almost half of his or her life asleepNewborns can sleep as much as 16 hours per dayRespiratory disorders during sleep are thus of special importance during childhoodMarcus, C. Sleep-disordered breathing in children. AJRCCM 2001; 164:16-30..