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What to Expect During a Sleep Study

Your experience with Valley Children’s Sleep Medicine Program begins with a consultation with our sleep specialist. During this consultation, the sleep specialist will confirm which sleep testing is appropriate. Sleep studies at Valley Children’s require a consultation with our sleep medicine specialist prior to an appointment being scheduled.

Based on the recommended and ordered sleep testing, the sleep medicine team will educate the patient and family on what to expect during the night of the study and provide any medications, if needed.

What is a sleep study?

A sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram (PSG), is an overnight procedure in which a child’s breathing, movement, heart function and brain are monitored. The results of the test allow our sleep specialists to determine if the child’s sleep issues are caused by abnormal breathing, movements or brain activity. It is a tool in diagnosing sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and seizure activity.

How to prepare for your child's sleep study

On the day of your child's sleep study, plan to arrive at the front entrance of Valley Children's Hospital at 7 p.m., unless you are told to do otherwise. A security guard will help you check in and escort you to the sleep lab. Studies are typically completed by 4:30 a.m. to 5 a.m., unless additional studies are ordered. Once you arrive to the sleep lab, a sleep technologist will greet you and escort you to your room. The sleep technologist will then apply the sleep study equipment to the patient and sleep just as they would at home. 

One care provider is allowed to stay with the child during the sleep study. Bring all of your child's medications with you to administer before the sleep study, as well as their favorite pillow, blanket or stuffed animal to help them sleep.

The results of your child's sleep lab will be provided at a later date by your primary care physician or a Valley Children’s physician.