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Sleep study (Polysomnogram)

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about sleep studies (polysomnograms). Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over anything you do not understand.

WHY WOULD THE DOCTOR ORDER A SLEEP STUDY?
To check out any concerns that you may have with your child’s sleeping pattern or habits.
1. Does your child snore?
2. Is your child a sleepwalker or talker?
3. Have you noticed long pauses in your child’s breathing while he or she sleeps?
4. Is your child extremely sleepy during the day?
5. Does your child have nightmares or night terrors?
These are just some of the reasons a sleep study would be performed.

WHAT IS A SLEEP STUDY?
Another name for a sleep study is “Polysomnogram” and consists of 12 EEG leads and leads to show breathing effort, leg movements, and airflow, EKG and oxygen saturation. The information sent by your child’s physician, your child’s age and ability to cooperate would determine what type of study is done. There are three different types of studies:
- Full polysomnogram – 16 channels
- Obstructive study – Six channels (everything except EEG and leg leads)
- MSLT - Daytime nap study, following full polysomnograms

HOW DO I GET A SLEEP STUDY ORDERED?
Talk to your child’s doctor about your child’s sleep problems. Your child’s doctor will fax a referral to the pediatric sleep center and someone will call you and set an appointment up that is most convenient for you and your child. Sleep studies are done Sunday through Friday nights. It is an overnight stay from 7:30 pm until about 7:00 am.

WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY CHILD TO EXPECT?
There is no pain involved with a sleep study. No needles and nothing sharp. The worst part is a soap called “Lemon Prep” that is needed to clean the area where the lead will be placed. We also use Elefix, which is a soft cream (paste) that will go on the skin and we sometimes use tape. We have the “sticky pads” for the EKG leads and the leg leads. Sometimes, the technicians will use the sticky pads on the face leads. In the morning, after the study is completed, the technician uses Detachol® on the tape, this removes the stickiness from the tape so that it is removed painlessly.

DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING WITH US?
You will have to register at the admitting department before you arrive at the sleep center, so bring your insurance card. Your child may bring their favorite pajamas, pillow, blanket or stuffed animal with them so they will feel more at home.

HOW DO I GET THE RESULTS?
About a week after the study is scored and interpreted by our board-certified sleep doctor the final report will be faxed to your child’s doctor and he or she should follow up with you regarding the results of the sleep study.

PDF: Child Health Information - SLEEP STUDY (POLYSOMNOGRAM)

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Formulated: 2005

 

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