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Your Child's Sleep Study

What is a sleep study?

A Sleep Study is a test used to check breathing patterns and brain activity during sleep.

What does this test involve?

The information is gathered for this test in several ways. Two stretchy bands will be placed around your child’s chest to monitor the breathing. Two small soft tubes will be placed just at the opening of your child’s nose to monitor the airflow in and out of the nose. There will also be leads placed on the chest to measure the heart rate. The brain activity will be measured by placing leads on the head.

Before the Test:

  • Make sure your child does not have any caffeine or sugar on the day of the test.
  • Do not let your child nap during the day.
  • Eat dinner before you arrive. The cafeteria closes at 7:00 p.m. You may bring a snack for your child as long as it does not contain sugar or caffeine.
  • Bathe your child and wash his/her hair on the day of the test. DO NOT use any lotions or oils on the skin.
  • Bring your child’s favorite bedtime comfort items such as a blanket and cuddly toy.
  • Bring any medications that your child may need.

Upon arrival:

Please arrive at the hospital between 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
  • Upon arrival, go to the 1st floor Admitting Department.
  • The sleep study technician will show you to the sleep lab.

Additional information:

  • There is a DVD player in the room so you may bring your child’s favorite video.
  • We have a place for one parent to stay overnight. We find that your child is more comfortable sleeping in a strange environment knowing that Mom or Dad is with them.
  • You will normally leave by 7:00 a.m.
  • You will get the results of the sleep study during your follow-up visit.
If you have any questions concerning the sleep study or if you are unable to keep an appointment, please call (757) 668-8116.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 05/2008