Pediatric Sleep Center
Sleep Laboratory

Sleep Laboratory

The Sleep Laboratory at Cincinnati Children’s is specially designed for the study of breathing disorders during sleep and other sleep disorders. Our state-of-the-art facility offers individual rooms, allowing families to stay overnight with their children.

The Sleep Laboratory is staffed by registered pediatric respiratory therapists and polysomnographers. These specialists gather information to help evaluate sleep-related problems such as:

  • Breathing disorders during sleep
  • General behavior during sleep periods
  • Heart rate
  • Sleep quality
  • Restless sleep, including periodic limb movements and restless legs
  • Snoring

The Sleep Laboratory is open seven days a week. We’re on the  seventh floor of Location A, on the Burnet Campus of Cincinnati Children’s. Sleep studies can also be done nightly on the fourth floor at the Liberty Sleep Center located at our Liberty Campus location.

Specialized Sleep Tests

The multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) is a daytime test to assess the degree of sleepiness of a child following an overnight sleep study.  This is a specific test for narcolepsy and other related sleep disorders such as idiopathic hypersomnia.  The electrodes that are placed on your child during overnight sleep study will be used for this test.  You child will be asked to take short naps (20 minutes) at two-hour intervals.  The last naps will end in the evening.
The maintenance wakefulness test (MWT) is similar to MSLT except that your child will be asked to remain awake.  This is a specific test to monitor the effectiveness of treatment, especially in children with narcolepsy.
An actigraphy is a noninvasive device that is used to monitor your child’s sleep and wake pattern over a period of a few weeks.  The watch-shaped device is worn on the wrist to determine sleep pattern of your child.  It is an important tool for evaluation of children with circadian rhythm disorders such as delayed sleep phase syndrome.
A combined study is a test that combines overnight sleep study and complete EEG recordings in children with suspected nocturnal seizure. 

Pulmonary Medicine

Our lung program is one of the largest, most highly ranked in the nation. We have specialized centers for cystic fibrosis, asthma, sleep disorders and rare lung diseases.


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