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Due to high demand, sleep studies at Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Sleep Center are scheduled up to three months in advance. If you need to reschedule your child’s sleep study, please note that it may take another three months to be seen. If we do not confirm with you directly, or receive a message from you confirming your appointment, the sleep study will be cancelled. Please review the complete Sleep Study Confirmation and Cancellation Policy (.pdf).
A sleep study is a procedure that is performed overnight in the Sleep Lab at Children's Hospital Colorado. This study is called a polysomnogram, and records different sleep stages and any detected problems in your child’s sleep and breathing.
Watch the video and read the points below to learn what to expect during an overnight pediatric sleep study at Children's Colorado:
The preparation process can take 1 to 1.5 hours. During the process, you may read bedtimes stories or perhaps watch a video. "Lights Out" designates bedtime when all entertainment ends and the sleep recording begins.
Before the sleep study, we will call to confirm that:
If your child appears to be ill on the day of the study, or you must cancel your appointment, call the sleep center as soon as possible. Please read the complete Sleep Center Cancellation policy (.pdf) for details on how to confirm or reschedule your child’s appointment.
You can help ensure the success of your child’s sleep study by:
Parents are welcome to bring their child into the Sleep Lab prior to their study date for a tour. Please contact the Sleep Lab at 720-777-4539 to set a time to stop by.
One parent or legal guardian must be present for the entire study. You may step out of the lab briefly to take a walk or get a snack, but please do not leave the hospital building. Please make arrangements for additional adults and siblings to remain at home. If you are coming from out of town, we can provide a list of area hotels.
The parent or guardian will sleep in the same room as their child. Each room has a recliner and space for them to spend the night. Be sure to bring comfortable clothes for yourself, in addition to pajamas for your child.
No, the respiratory therapist(s) is in the control room all night, monitoring your child's sleep and the sleep of other children doing similar sleep studies. To protect patient confidentiality, parents are not permitted to be with the therapists in the control area. If necessary, the therapist may enter your child’s room during the night to adjust sensors or evaluate the child’s breathing.
No, the study will be attended by a respiratory therapist who is specially trained in pediatric sleep practices. If the therapist has concerns during the study, she may call a physician or nurse practitioner for consultation.
No. The sleep study is almost always a non-invasive study. On rare occasions, it may be necessary to obtain a small blood sample, usually by pricking a finger. In this case, the sleep technician will discuss it with the parent before approaching the patient.
Sometimes the sleep studies are harder on the parents than on the kids. Parents should know that although their child may cry during the set-up, they are not being harmed and the procedure is painless. There will be plenty of cuddle time after the set-up for comforting nighttime rituals.
Sleep recordings typically finish around 6 a.m. It takes approximately 30 minutes to disconnect the sensors. You and your child can expect to leave the sleep lab by 6:30 a.m.
The physician ordering the study will receive the results approximately 2 weeks after the study date. Please follow up with the physician who ordered your child’s study.