Sleep Studies | Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I get my child ready for the sleep study?

Wash your child’s hair thoroughly the night before or morning of the sleep study. Don’t use oil, gel or hairspray. Reassure your child that you will stay with him or her through the whole test and that nothing should hurt.

What should we bring to the sleep laboratory?

You will want to bring any items your child will need during the night, such as pajamas, a favorite pillow and blanket, a bottle or pacifier and any medications. You may also want to bring a DVD of a favorite movie so your child can watch it while we’re getting him or her ready.

If your child is having an overnight study, one parent or responsible caregiver must stay with your child. You may want to bring pajamas and other personal items for yourself.

Can my child sleep or eat before the sleep study?

Don’t let your child take extra naps on the day of the study — especially not right before the visit. Your child can eat before the study, but avoid caffeinated drinks or chocolate.

What happens during the sleep study?

After the technologist gets your child ready for the study, we will dim the lights and let your child go to sleep. You will stay in the room with your child. The technologist may enter the room during the night to make adjustments, but usually won’t have to wake your child up. In the morning (usually at 6 a.m.), the technologist will wake your child and remove the sensors. Most families leave by 7 a.m.

How do we get results of the study?

A doctor in the sleep center will interpret the results of your child’s sleep study and sends preliminary results to the doctor who ordered the study and to certain other doctors involved in your child’s care. We usually send out the full report within two weeks. Technologists do not give their impressions or preliminary results before the physician interprets the study.

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