The Sleep Center

Your Child's Study — General Instructions

On the day of the study

Meals

Plan on staying with your child

Don't let your child nap on the day of the study

What should you bring on the day of the study?

Plan on your child going to bed at the usual time

What time will the study end?

Check with your child's physician about medications

Referrals

If your child is sick

Cancellations

On the day of the study

You and your child should arrive by 6 p.m., and go to the Sleep Center, located on the 7th floor of the main building.

The sleep technicians will begin the set up for your child's sleep study by placing the equipment on your child a few hours before bedtime. The study will end between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. This set up includes the following:

The set-up process mentioned above is painless but does involve about an hour of cooperation on the part of your child. To best prepare your child, keep napping to a minimum on the day of the study.

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Meals

No meals are provided in the sleep center so please plan accordingly. When you and your child arrive at the sleep center you will be given ample time to get something to eat or you can bring food from home. We encourage you to bring any toys, stuffed animals or other items that will help your child feel more comfortable.

Plan on staying with your child

We usually request that a parent or legal guardian be with each child at all times. This will help your child feel less anxious and make the sleep disorders lab seem a little more like home. If you have any concerns regarding these recommendations, please call (215) 590-3703.

If both parents need to stay overnight, please let us know 48 hours in advance. Our rooms are small and can only comfortably accommodate one parent. If necessary, an additional parent may need to stay in another area of the hospital such as the Connelly Resource Center for Families.

We want you there at all times with your child since he or she will be comforted and more likely to cooperate when parents are present. A chair that folds out to a bed is available in each bedroom so that a parent can get some sleep too.

Don't let your child nap on the day of the study

Keeping your child from napping may help him fall asleep easier in the lab. Of course, it may be difficult to prevent your child from falling asleep on the ride to CHOP, but do your best to minimize napping the day of the study.

Plan on your child going to bed at the usual time

We will discuss your child's usual bedtime with you and begin the set-up about 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime.

What should you bring on the day of the study?

What time will the study end?

Typically, the study ends by 7 a.m. There are occasions where it can end earlier or later, depending on how well your child slept through the night. Requests to end the study earlier because of work or school commitments can also be made. Occasionally a daytime study (MSLT) is required. Our sleep specialists will discuss this with you in advance.

Check with your child's physician about medications

Let the physician who is ordering the sleep study know the type of medication and dose before he or she orders the study. He or she will decide whether to continue or discontinue a medication, since some drugs may interfere with your the quality of your child's sleep or make it more difficult for Sleep Center staff to interpret the results of the study.

This is especially important if your child is using anti-reflux medications, sedatives, or stimulants. These medications may have to be discontinued 3 to 14 days before the study but be sure that you bring the medications with you in case your child needs to use them during the night.

If your child has asthma you should also bring along his/ medications as well as his nebulizer, spacer, etc. If your child is using BiPAP/CPAP you should also bring those along so we can measure how they are working.

Referrals

If you require a referral for office visits or other outpatient studies, you will also require one for the sleep study. For more information about referrals, please contact us at 215-590-3749 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

If your child is sick

If your child develops a fever, vomiting or is not feeling well, the study should be postponed. If you're unsure, contact us at 215-590-3749 to discuss your child's illness.

Cancellations

If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call 215-590-3749 as soon as possible so we may offer your spot to another patient.

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