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A sleep study (also called a polysomnogram) helps doctors diagnose sleep problems. It is an overnight test that can record a variety of body functions while a child sleeps.
Doctors recommend a sleep study for kids who may have sleep problems such as:
Plan to get to the sleep center at least 2 hours before your child’s usual bedtime, or whenever the doctor requests.
The sleep technician will:
The sensors connect to a computer to provide information during sleep.
During a sleep study, doctors check:
A microphone records sounds and a camera may record your child’s sleep. The sleep technician will be there all night, checking your child’s sleep from another room. The technician can remove sensors and other devices if your child needs to use the bathroom during the night.
Yes, parents or guardians can stay overnight while their child gets a sleep study. The sleep center will provide a separate bed or sleeping chair.
Your child will spend the night in a hospital or sleep center. In the morning, the sleep technician will wake your child and remove all sensors. The test is over in time for your child to go to school.
Doctors get a lot of information from a sleep study. It may be a couple of weeks before results are ready. Usually, the doctor will schedule a follow-up visit to discuss the results.
Personal items from home can help your child feel comfortable during a sleep study. Be sure to bring:
Most sleep centers do not provide food, so pack a bedtime snack if your child usually has one.
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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