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At UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the success of this procedure and invite you to participate. Please read the following information to learn about the procedure and how you can help.
A sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram (polly-SOM-no-gram), records your child’s sleep patterns, brain waves, breathing and muscle movements. A sleep study is very helpful in diagnosing breathing, neurological and movement disorders that may occur during sleep. Some of the symptoms that may lead your child’s doctor to order a sleep study are snoring, bedwetting, sleep walking, sleep talking, night terrors, pauses in breathing (sleep apnea), the feeling of being tired all day, falling asleep at school, and/or waking up in the morning still feeling tired
Before coming to the Sleep Lab:
Once your child is registered, you will be taken to the room where you and your child will spend the night. All bedrooms are private.
The most important role of a parent or guardian is to help your child stay calm and relaxed before the sleep study. The best way to help your child stay calm is for you to stay calm.
After discharge your child may be tired if he or she did not get a good night’s sleep. Once your child has been discharged, he or she may return to normal activities. Please call or make an appointment with your referring doctor 2 weeks after the test to obtain the results.
You will need to call or bring your child to see the referring doctor or nurse practitioner 2 weeks after the sleep study.
Your child should not experience any symptoms following the sleep study. Minor skin irritation caused by placement of the sensors may occur on rare occasions.
If your child has any special needs or health issues you feel the lab needs to know about, please call the Sleep Program at UPMC Children’s before the sleep study and ask to speak with the sleep scheduler or technologist. It is important to notify us in advance about any special needs your child might have.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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