Sleep Laboratories

The Sleep Labs at CHOP perform a variety of polysomnography studies including overnight sleep studies, multiple sleep latency tests and inpatient studies.

All Sleep Labs are staffed by licensed/registered experts who are trained at CHOP. The labs are all equipped with the same state-of-the-art polysomnography equipment and all studies are read by board certified sleep physicians.

What is a sleep study?

During a sleep study, a sleep technologist monitors your child throughout the night for the quality and quantity of their sleep.

Each of CHOP's sleep laboratories is equipped with low-level, infrared lights that allow the room to be dark while your child is monitored and observed. Specially mounted cameras are used to record your child's activities while sleeping. A sleep technologist will also place sensors on your child's skin to monitor your child's breathing and body movements during sleep.

These sensors will be placed on your child’s head to measure and record the electrical activity of your child's brain during sleep to assess stages of sleep. In addition, we place special sensors near your child's nose, chest and abdomen to measure his breathing. We may place sensors on your child's legs to measure movement during sleep.

This detailed monitoring helps us diagnose and treat disorders of breathing during sleep as well as movement disorders, problems initiating or maintaining sleep, and behavioral sleep disorders.

An overnight sleep study can help uncover the full extent of a medical problem. We help with the evaluation and management of children with obstructive sleep apnea, as well as chronic lung diseases, degenerative muscle disease with chronic respiratory failure, hypoventilation syndrome and respiratory control disorders. Healthy children may have problems sleeping through the night because of psychological or behavioral factors. In these cases, a pediatric behavioral psychologist can work with children and families, teaching specific behavioral techniques to help children develop better sleep patterns.

Our staff assists in making recommendations about supplemental oxygen, noninvasive ventilatory support in the form of CPAP or BiPAP, and mechanical assisted ventilation during sleep.

Helping children feel comfortable during a sleep study

Your child can bring a toy, teddy bear or a favorite blanket from home to help her feel more comfortable. Children usually feel more comfortable if a parent or guardian stays with them — that’s why we provide an extra bed in the child's room. In addition, each bedroom has a television and VCR. Our facility also has a bathroom, microwave and refrigerator. If you need to take a shower you may use any shower area on the sixth, seventh or eighth floor of the Main Building.

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