What to Expect During a Sleep Study
Sleep studies are safe and painless. The Sleep Health Clinic features soundproof and lightproof rooms, along with state-of-the-art equipment to monitor sleep. Our goal is for your child to feel comfortable and safe.
Technologists—some of whom are also respiratory therapists—help your child get ready for a sleep study by placing sensors around the head to record electrical currents in the brain. Placing sensors on the body doesn’t hurt. Other equipment measures breathing, heart rate, eye and limb movements, and oxygen levels. We use this technology to watch for breathing issues, drops in oxygen level, or leg movements that might be disrupting sleep.
During the Study
Clinic rooms have hospital beds, rather than traditional beds, to maximize safety during sleep. Suction and oxygen equipment, as well as lift systems, are available.
Sleep technologists monitor your child overnight and report the results to our sleep medicine physicians. At least one sleep technologist monitors your child all night. (Most other clinics, in contrast, have one technologist for every two patients.)
In some cases you can sleep in the room with your child. If you’re not able to sleep in the same room, you will be able to sleep nearby and call to check in anytime during the sleep study.
If your child has a complex condition, we have convenient access to Gillette's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit should an urgent situation arise.
In most cases, the sleep study ends at 6 a.m. and discharge takes place at 7 a.m.