Overnight Sleep Study

If a physician feels it is necessary, we will arrange an overnight sleep study, or polysomnogram. This kind of study requires a physician referral or a previous daytime consultation with one of our sleep disorder physicians. Overnight sleep studies are performed at our Egleston hospital, Scottish Rite hospital and Children's at Satellite Boulevard locations.

It may be appropriate to schedule an overnight sleep study if your child snores loud enough to disrupt his sleeping, resulting in:

  • Daytime problems with sleepiness
  • Difficulty with behavior, especially in a younger child
  • Difficulty paying attention in school
  • Declining academic performance.

During a sleep study, we monitor your child's:

  • Brain waves
  • Breathing
  • Heart rate
  • Body movements

Our sleep studies:

  • Are painless—no needles are used
  • Are done overnight in a private room with a parent present
  • Are covered by most insurance companies

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a sleep study?

A sleep study is a test that looks at what happens to your child’s body when he is sleeping by monitoring brain waves, breathing, heart rate and body movements.

Your child's doctor will use the test results to diagnose any sleep or breathing disorder that is evident.

What do I do before the test?

  • Bathe your child and wash his hair before the study.
  • Do not use any conditioners, cream, body lotions or hair spray after the bath.
  • Your child may eat a normal dinner before the study. On the day of the study, do not let him have anything with caffeine, such as soda, tea or chocolate.

Can my child take a nap before the sleep study?

  • If your child is younger than age 2, keep him awake after 4 p.m. on the day of the study.
  • If your child is older than age 2, keep him awake after 1 p.m. on the day of the study.

Should my child have usual meals on the day the sleep study is scheduled?

Have a normal dinner with your child before you arrive. No meals or food will be provided by the hospital during the test.

Can I plan to stay with my child during the test?

Yes, prepare yourself to stay the night. One parent must stay overnight with the child.

Can I bring my other children?

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate siblings during a sleep study due to infection control policies and space constraints. Please arrange for someone to care for your other children.

What do I bring to the sleep study?

  • Pajamas or two-piece clothing, such as a T-shirt and shorts
  • A favorite blanket, pillow, toy, book or other item that will help your child feel comfortable
  • Any machines your child uses at night, such as CPAP or BiPAP and feeding pumps
  • Bottles and formula, including formula for G-tube feedings
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Any medicines you give your child at night
  • Clothes and toiletries for yourself because you will be staying the night with your child

You should use your apnea monitor in the car, but it is not needed during the study.

What time do I need to arrive for my child’s sleep study?

Please arrive at the time indicated on the instructions you receive from the Children's Sleep Center. Patients arriving after 8:30 p.m. could be rescheduled at a later date. This is an all-night test. The study will last until 6 a.m.

Directions to Egleston hospital

Directions to Scottish Rite hospital

Directions to Satellite Boulevard

What do I do if I need to cancel my child’s sleep study?

If you need to cancel a sleep study, give us at least 24 hours' notice. Call the Children's Sleep Center location where your child's study is scheduled:

  • Children's at Satellite Boulevard: 404-785-8110
  • Egleston hospital: 404-943-8755
  • Scottish Rite hospital: 404-363-5555

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