During the Sleep Study

Sleep Specialists at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital are Experts in Overnight Sleep Studies

Our board-certified sleep specialists at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital provide carefully monitored overnight sleep studies for children and teenagers. The highly skilled doctors use the latest diagnostics and treatments available to help resolve common sleep problems in children such as snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia and restless legs syndrome.

We believe that a child’s sleep study will be a better experience for everyone if the parent and child understand the process and plan appropriately.

Overnight Sleep Test


Daytime Nap Study

The mean sleep latency testing (MSLT) is a daytime nap study that measures daytime sleepiness. This test helps in the diagnosis of “too sleepy” problems in children like narcolepsy. The daytime nap study measures the child’s tendency to fall asleep during five short nap opportunities scheduled every two hours. This study is not part of a routine sleep study, but is rather a special extra study for children under evaluation for “too sleepy” problems.

The mean sleep latency testing works as follows:

  • The breathing sensors from the overnight sleep test are removed, but sleep sensors remain in place
  • The naps begin two hours after waking up from the overnight study
  • In between the naps, the parent and child will be out of bed, sitting, and engaged in quiet activities
  • During the naps, the parent must remain outside the sleep room
  • After the fifth nap, the technician will help remove the sensors, and then the parent and child can get ready to go home

If a child is scheduled for an overnight sleep study and nap study, plan to be with at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital for about 20 hours.

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