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Rady Children's Specialists

Center for Healthy Sleep

Center for Healthy Sleep


The Center for Healthy Sleep, directed by Rakesh Bhattacharjee, M.D., specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, obstructive and non-obstructive hypoventilation, central apnea, primary snoring and disorders of hypersomnia, including narcolepsy.

Our sleep medicine specialists are board certified, with expertise in sleep-related breathing disorders. To arrive at a diagnosis, the doctors may first evaluate your child to see if an overnight sleep study, or polysomnography, is needed. If a sleep study is necessary, your child and one parent/guardian spend the night in an environment designed to relax the young patient, promoting normal sleep.

The sleep study is performed by a registered sleep polysomnography technologist using state-of-the-art equipment. The data is then analyzed, and the specialist interprets the data to determine the appropriate treatment. Polysomnographic testing measures physiologic changes, including staging sleep, respiratory abnormalities, cardiac arrhythmias, body movements, arousal from sleep and abnormal behaviors in sleep to be identified.

Scheduling a Sleep Study

Please make sure we have your most current contact information, phone number and address. If you have scheduling questions or need to talk to someone in the sleep lab, please call and leave a message at 858-966-4066.

Calls are returned within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. Please wait at least two weeks after the study was ordered to call to schedule a study. If you have questions, please call the main pulmonary office at 858-966-5846. If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please contact the lab as soon as possible — the wait list for sleep studies is quite long. If you do not give at least 24 hours notice for cancellation, we may not be able to reschedule the study.

Night of Study

On the night of the study, go to the main Hospital entrance (entrance #1). If you arriving by car, you may park in the visitor’s parking lot on Children’s Way. Inform the receptionist that you are here for a sleep study. He or she will give you directions to the Medical Nelson Unit.

You should expect to be at the study for six to eight hours. The majority of studies are completed around 5:30 a.m. Please arrange for transportation after the study, as we unfortunately cannot accommodate sleeping beyond the study’s duration.

Study Results

Please call your doctor three weeks after the study is performed to obtain study results and further recommendations.

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