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What To Ask Before Your Child's Sleep Study

Updated: Feb 11

Sleep studies are a test that records a variety of body functions during sleep, such as the electrical activity of the brain, eye movement, muscle activity, heart rate, respiratory effort, air flow, and blood oxygen levels. These tests are used both to diagnose sleep apnea and to determine its severity. This test can be done in the hospital or in a sleep lab as an outpatient. At Coping With LM, we understand sleep studies can be overwhelming so we have compiled a list of suggested questions to ask before your child's sleep study.


1. Should I let my baby nap during the day of the sleep study?

2. How many parents/caregivers stay during the test?

Will a bed be provided for them?

3. Will I be able to co-sleep with my baby?

4. Will my baby be sleeping in a crib or in a bed?

5. My baby is on oxygen, will the test be done with or without oxygen?

6. What happens if my baby doesn't go into REM sleep?

7. What happens if my baby doesn't sleep for a total of four hours during the study?

8. How can I help comfort my baby during the study hook-up?

What should I pack for my baby?

9. Will parents/caregivers have access to food during the stay?

10. My baby normally nurses to sleep, will I be able to nurse him/her?

11. How long after the study can I expect results?

12. Will you be doing an EEG with this sleep study?

13. What happens if my baby has an apena event during the study?

14. Will you be doing a pH Probe with this sleep study?

15. My baby is on reflux medication, should I give him/her the morning dose?

16. What is the difference between Central Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

17. What time is the test officially over? Can we leave right away?

18. What should I do if my baby wakes up with a fever the day of the test?


Find a friend who already been through a sleep study in Coping With LM's Caregiver Support Group on Facebook.



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