FOR PARENTS – HOW WE CONDUCT PEDIATRIC SLEEP STUDIES
In many cases, sleep disorders do not resolve themselves and either perpetuate any existing symptoms or transform into a new problem over time. Because of this, it’s best to diagnose these conditions in children early on. If your child is scheduled for a pediatric sleep study, there are a few things that you should know.
How to Prepare
Experts advise parents to make the evening into something that will be fun for the child. Parents often sleep in the same room as the child. Wearing matching pajamas, staying up late together, and ordering from your kid’s preferred take-out place are great ways to make the event enjoyable and less intimidating. Also, encourage your child to bring objects from home that make him more comfortable, such as a beloved toy or his favorite blanket.
What to Expect
When it comes to pediatric sleep studies, children require special attention when compared to adolescents and adults. Sleeping somewhere new, being away from his siblings and pets, and having to wear the testing equipment can be frightening. For these reasons, particular care will be paid to your child to ensure that he is comfortable with the process and that any questions he has can be answered before, during, and after his test.
What We Test
Standard pediatric sleep studies examine a broad range of factors that can be affecting your child’s sleep. We monitor your child’s brain activity throughout the night to document sleep stages, eye movement, heart activity, and muscle activity. His blood oxygen level, body position, respiratory effort, respiratory airflow, and snoring will also be monitored. Finally, your child’s physician may include other testing parameters, depending on your child’s specific needs.
Are you wondering if your child could benefit from a pediatric sleep study near New Jersey? If so, then please give Sleep Dynamics a call today at (848) 217-0240 to learn more about our sleep testing services.