Our Sleep Disorders Program at Children's Health℠ uses a Sleep Studies Lab to diagnose sleep disorders and Sleep Medicine to treat them. Our Sleep Studies Lab performs more than 4,000 sleep studies a year, giving us real-time data to accurately diagnose children who have problems falling asleep, staying asleep or remaining awake during the day.
A sleep study is used to diagnose sleep disorders. There are several different types of sleep studies including:
The Sleep Disorders Center offers clinical evaluation, diagnosis and management of all forms of sleep disorders. Your child may need to undergo several kinds of tests in order for doctors to diagnose his or her condition properly.
Because we work only with children and adolescents, our rooms and equipment are set up to make your child feel as safe and comfortable as possible.
Equipment that might be used during the study include:
Sleep studies are appropriate for children over the age of 2. However, studies are performed on pre-mature infants born as young as 28 weeks up to the age of 18.
It is important to know that none of the devices is painful. Most children quickly become accustomed to the monitors and are able to sleep well through the night.
Depending on the results of the study, we will be able to determine if your child has conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, night terrors or periodic limb movement disorder.
Even if your child is diagnosed with one of these conditions, treatment is not always necessary. Children will grow out of some of these sleep problems, and others are easily treated with medication, behavioral changes or devices like CPAP machines.
Yes. One caregiver is allowed to stay in the room overnight with a child, but other siblings are not. Children under the age of 16 must have a caregiver in the room.
The overnight sleep study usually ends at around 7:00 am Some children will be asked to remain the next day as well to gauge their sleepiness or effectiveness of treatment.