A physician may recommend an overnight sleep study to further assess your child and test for sleep disorders. This overnight study will take place in the Primary Children's Hospital Sleep Lab and last about 10 hours from check-in to completion.

What to Expect

Please review the following information to prepare for and understand what to expect before, during and after your child's sleep study.

Before the Sleep Study

Please be prepared to stay with your child during the study, as a parent or guardian must stay overnight to provide care and supplies. A separate bed will be provided in the child's room.

What to Bring

No meals will be provided, however you may bring food items from home if desired. You may also bring personal items such as a comfort item, toothbrush, diapers, formula, etc. and any medications your child takes. 

If your child is coming for a CPAP titration study, bring the CPAP mask only. Do not bring your machine. If your child is coming for a vent titration study, please bring ALL of your equipment. 

What NOT to Do

  • Patients should not eat or drink anything with caffeine or high sugar content (soda, chocolate, etc.) after 4 p.m. on the day of the study.
  • Don't use lotion, hair spray, or gel. Patient hair should be clean and dry. 
  • Don't take a nap unless it is part of the patient's usual routine.

Where to Go

  • Park in the north parking terrace near the hospital's north entrance (main lobby). Please do not park on the south side of the hospital, as those doors will be locked.
  • Check in at 8 p.m. at the north security desk, where a technician will greet and escort you to the sleep lab.
  • If you are carrying equipment, there is a vehicle unloading space just outside the north entrance for your convenience. 

During the Sleep Study

A specially trained pediatric sleep technician will support your child throughout the night in being as relaxed and calm as possible. This technician will prepare the patient for the study by connecting them to the appropriate sleep study equipment. 

  • The technician will secure about 20 small round discs, called electrodes, to your child's head, legs, chest and stomach. The electrodes record brain activity, eye movements, heart rate and rhythm and leg movements. 
  • Two elastic belts are comfortably placed around the child's chest and stomach to record breathing effort.
  • Small tubing is placed under your child's nose to record breathing. 

This process may take up to 45 minutes. These images show how your child may appear after he or she has been connected to the sleep study equipment:

sleep1

sleep2

sleep3

 Once the patient is connected to the equipment, the technician will announce "lights out," which means the study will begin and it is time for the child to go to sleep. TVs and cell phones must be turned off at this time, and remain off during the study. Recording equipment and video monitors record your child's movements and activities while sleeping. The technician will be observing the recording from a nearby room and is available if questions or problems arise in the night. The study usually ends between 6 - 6:30 a.m.

After the Sleep Study

Your child's sleep study results will be sent to the physician who ordered the study. Results may take up to three weeks after the study is performed. Follow-up appointments to review results should be scheduled with the ordering physician who can also give your family a printed copy of the study upon request. 

Sleep Consultations

You may request a sleep consultation with one of our pediatric sleep physicians or physician assistants by calling (801) 213-3599 and following the prompts to connect with Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine.

Billing and Insurance Coverage

You will receive two separate bills for the sleep study: one from the hospital for the procedure, and one from the physician for the interpretation of the study. 

Please work with your referring physician to understand if your insurance covers the sleep study and to verify if your insurance requires prior authorization. If your child is not insured, or if your insurance will not cover the study, you may apply for financial assistance by contacting the eligibility counselors at (801) 662-3846.