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Rady Children's Specialists

Preparing Your Child

There are a number of things you can do to prepare your child for a sleep study:

  • Prepare your child for a visit to the Hospital by explaining that even though he/she will have “wires” placed on the head and body, nothing will hurt and modesty will not be compromised in any way.
  • Reassure your child that you or someone you designate will be there all night.
  • Please make sure your child’s hair and scalp are clean and dry, free from oils, styling gels and sprays. Electrodes on the head require a squeaky-clean surface.
  • Be sure your child is ready to sleep at the time of the test. Let the lab know your child’s usual bedtime at the time of scheduling.
  • Do not let your child nap the day of the study or fall asleep in the car on the way to the sleep lab.
  • If your child requires a special toy, blanket, or snack to sleep, bring these items with you. Anything that will help him/her feel more at home is welcome.
  • Continue all routine medications and treatments the day and night of the study. If your child takes medications, treatments or feedings at bedtime or during the night, please bring all needed medications and supplies with you. Please remember that this is an outpatient procedure — your child is NOT admitted to the Hospital.

Night of the Study: Instructions

On the night of the study, go to the main Hospital entrance (entrance #1).  Please arrive at the Hospital by 8:30 p.m. If you are 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 Sleep Laboratory on the second floor in the Rose Pavilion.

You should expect to be at the study for nine 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.