What is a Sleep Study?
A sleep study is a painless, non-invasive test that measures your child’s body function during sleep. It enables us to determine a treatment plan that will help your child sleep well and live a healthier life. We will monitor your child’s breathing, brain wave activity, heart rate, body movements and blood oxygen levels while he or she sleeps. If the test suggests sleep apnea, we may apply CPAP (Constant Positive Airway Pressure) in the lab while he/she sleeps to determine the best settings for CPAP therapy, should your child require it.
What Should My Child and I Bring For the Study?
- Insurance information and driver’s license
- Any medication your child is taking
- Comfortable, loose-fitting pajamas
- Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, comb, etc.)
- Bedtime ritual aids (books, music, stuffed animals, favorite pillow, etc.)
- Bottle, formula, special foods, nook, diapers or anything else your child may need
Day of Sleep Study
Please follow these steps to prepare:
- Have your child avoid napping (unless younger than 3 years of age)
- Have your child maintain normal daytime routine (school, activities, dinner)
- Avoid all stimulants (soda, chocolate, tea, etc.)
- DO NOT stop any of your child’s medication unless instructed to do so by the physician ordering the study
- Bathe your child prior to arrival to remove any lotions and oils from skin. Also, please remove any nail polish prior to arriving. There will be a pulse oximetry monitor on your child’s index finger.
What Time Should We Arrive?
The time of arrival will be set when testing is scheduled. Typical arrival time is between 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. However, it is dependent upon the age of the child, his or her normal bedtime, and the estimated time needed to set up the study. Children may arrive in their comfortable, loose-fitting clothes or pajamas.
Can I Stay With My Child?
Yes, a parent sleeping in the same room throughout the study can minimize the child’s apprehension.
- If the child is 16 years or older they may choose whether or not they would like a parent to stay.
- If the child is under 16 years old we require that a parent or guardian stay overnight with them.
Our facility is designed to have a home-like atmosphere to help your child feel more comfortable. The pediatric rooms are set up with a crib/twin bed for your child and a cot/recliner for the parent. Older children may sleep in an adult-study room. Each room has a private bathroom with shower, independent climate control, internet access and a flat screen TV. After your child has fallen asleep, if there is a vacant study room, you may choose to stay in there for the duration of your child’s study.
What Will Happen During Our Stay?
When you arrive for your child’s study, you’ll be greeted by the sleep technologist who will be administering the study. Throughout the duration of the study you and your child will be treated with kindness, respect and friendly care.
Before beginning the study, the sleep technologist will give you paperwork to fill out. Please have your insurance information and driver’s license on hand. The technologist will provide you with helpful information and answer any questions you may have about the study. He or she will also be available throughout the night to assist you and answer questions.
The sleep technologist will then apply the necessary sensors to your child’s head and body. The application of the sensors is painless, but does involve about 45 minutes of cooperation on the part of your child. A parent who is supportive to the child, yet firm and clear about the child’s anticipated cooperation, is an important component to a successful set up.
When the equipment is completely set up and the child’s bedtime ritual is completed, you and your child will be encouraged to go to sleep. You are encouraged to stay in the room with your child until he or she falls asleep. Once asleep, you may choose to watch television or read in a nearby lounge or vacant study room, if available. If you remain in the room, you must be quiet. The technologist will monitor your child’s sleep continuously throughout the night via audio and video cameras and, at times, by in-room observation. Sometimes it is necessary to reapply and adjust the sensors throughout the night.
The sleep study will conclude at approximately 7 a.m. (times will vary, but plan on being at our facility for about 8 hours). If you need to leave earlier, accommodations may be made. Simply notify your sleep technologist when you arrive of your required departure time. Our highly efficient check-out process will help you and your child get on your way quickly. However, you’re welcome to stay for a complimentary continental breakfast.
The Sleep Wellness Institute physician will have (or will provide to your child’s referring physician) a written report within 72 business hours of your child’s sleep study. Either The Sleep Wellness Institute physician or your child’s referring physician will schedule you and your child for a follow up visit to receive test results and any treatment recommendations.