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Your Child’s Sleep Study: What To Expect

January 26, 2022 3:29 pm

Did you know that 40 million people have an unspecified type of sleep disorder, and some of them are children? There are numerous reasons a child might need a sleep study to determine their particular sleep disorder. If your pediatrician recommends a sleep study, you may want to know what it entails. Let us provide you with more information about your child’s sleep study.

Why Your Child Might Need A Sleep Study

If your child has trouble falling asleep, wakes up frequently during the night, has difficulty waking up in the morning, suffers from daytime sleepiness, snores, has persistent bedwetting, or is hyperactive during the day, it might indicate that they need a sleep study to determine the cause.

boy wearing Sleep Apnea Diagnostic medical device Kit

After discussion with your child’s doctor, there may be a referral to The Pediatric and Adolescent Sleep Center.

Basic Information For Parents

Expect that your child will spend the night in an age appropriate and comfortable room for the study. One parent must remain with the child all night.

Once they are relaxed, the sleep technician at The Pediatric and Adolescent Sleep Center will place sensors on your child’s head face, arms, legs, and stomach to study muscle and brain activity. There will also be a plastic cannula with prongs placed in the nose to measure air flow.

You should bring activities to keep your child occupied while the sleep technician is placing the sensors, this can include books, coloring, and even handheld electronic devices. If needed, these devices can be connected to our guest WiFi. You may bring a familiar toy or blanket, if appropriate, to make your child feel more comfortable and safe.

Monitoring Throughout The Night

The sleep technician will be monitoring your child’s sleep patterns throughout the night. Their eye movements, heart rate, breathing patterns, blood oxygen levels, carbon dioxide levels, snoring, body movements, sleep positions and stages will all be recorded.

An electrocardiogram, or ECG, will monitor heart rate and any abnormal heart rhythm.

An electromyography, or EMG, will monitor leg movements.

An electroencephalogy, or EEG, will track sleep stages and awakenings.

A breathing test will report any respiratory problems and diagnose sleep apnea.

Report And Recommended Treatment(s)

Once the study is completed the data will be reviewed and analyzed by one of our sleep physicians.  A report will be available about two weeks after completion of the sleep study.

Contact The Pediatric and Adolescent Sleep Center at (703) 226-2290 for further information on pediatric sleep studies or to schedule a sleep study for your child.

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