Sleep Study Instructions For Caregivers
What Happens During a Sleep Study?
Sleep studies do not hurt, although occasionally blood work is requested and obtained with a finger stick. During the test, your child will have EKG (electrocardiograph) patches on the chest (to monitor heart rate), belts around the chest and belly (to monitor motion), a soft plastic tube (cannula) at the nose (measure breathing out), an adhesive bandage around the finger or toe (to monitor oxygen in the blood), a snore sensor (monitor snoring), and small wires placed on the head and taped to the face (to monitor brain wave activity, chin muscle activity, and eye muscle activity). The preparation process for your child's sleep study takes about one hour. A video camera and microphone will record your child during the sleep study.
In an effort to get the best sleep study possible it may be necessary for the Respiratory Therapist or Registered Polysomnographic Technologist to make adjustments to the belts, wires, sensors, or cannula throughout the night.
Sleep Clinics are held at two Cincinnati Children's locations: Liberty Sleep Center and Main Campus Sleep Center.