Pediatric Sleep Medicine

Pediatric Sleep Center Offers Overnight Sleep Studies for Children

Pediatric sleep specialists at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital understand all about children and the need for positive sleep patterns for age appropriate growth and development. Our expert team at the Pediatric Sleep Center performs overnight sleep studies to monitor a child’s breathing, brainwaves and muscle movements during sleep. With a sleep study, doctors can understand the child’s specific sleep pattern issues to best determine the right treatment.

Comfortable and Convenient

The sleep study at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Sleep Center is an overnight test. Also called a polysomnogram (PSG), this test uses delicate sensors placed on the child’s body, head and legs. Each sensor has a wire attached that connects to a small monitoring box near the child’s pillow. Using these sensors for readings, a technician records the child’s movements and noises during sleep onto a videotape.

It takes about an hour to set up the sensors, and the sensors are removed the next morning, once the sleep test is over.

The Pediatric Sleep Center polysomnogram or sleep test is performed in one of the comfortable rooms at the Pediatric Sleep Center at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (located on the 6th floor of the Bolwell Building) or at a nearby suburban hotel location. A parent is allowed to be with the child from the start of the sleep test to the finish.

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National Reputation for Pediatric Sleep Diagnosis and Treatment

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Our board-certified physicians in our Pediatric Sleep Center are setting the national standards for child-friendly sleep studies and safe and effective treatment. This expertise has made us one of the leading referral centers in the country, treating some of the most complex pediatric cases, including non-invasive ventilation and ventilator assessments for children with special needs and/or tracheostomies. In addition, our sleep lab is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

Sleep disorders can include a complex combination of medical, physical and emotional issues. For that reason, families benefit from the resources of our full-service children’s hospital, which can bring together a multidisciplinary team of specialists including:

  • Allergy and immunologists
  • Cardiologists
  • Child life specialists
  • Craniofacial specialists
  • Development and behavioral pediatricians
  • Dentists and orthodontists
  • Endocrinologists and specialists in childhood obesity
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Geneticists
  • Neonatologists
  • Nephrologists
  • Neurologists and/or specialists in children's epilepsy
  • Otolaryngologists (ENT)
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Rheumatologists
  • Surgeons
  • Urologists