Everything you want to know
about a sleep study in one place
It may not be rocket science… but the technology
we use is almost as advanced
WHAT IS A SLEEP STUDY?
Just a little sleep science: Sleep study (also known as polysomnography or PSG) is a comprehensive test that involves monitoring various body activities and physiological parameters related to sleep and breathing. It provides vital information about sleep architecture and respiratory patterns experienced during sleep and is administered to either diagnose or rule out different types of sleep disorders.
Body functions monitored during a sleep study include:
- Brain waves
- Heart rhythm
- Blood oxygen level
- Leg movements
- Transcutaneous carbon dioxide level
- Eye movements
- Nasal and oral air-flow
- Muscle tone
- Body position
BOOKING A SLEEP STUDY
Before participating in a sleep study, a child needs to be seen by a Paediatric Sleep Physician. If your child is experiencing sleep problems, please request a referral from your GP and then schedule an appointment with our Paediatric Sleep Specialist.
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AT THE SERVICE OF YOUR CHILD’S SLEEP
The Sleep Cottage uses cutting-edge equipment to obtain the most precise, reliable data while making the experience painless, non-invasive and as comfortable as possible. SenTec Digital Monitoring System. SDMS ensures non-invasive, continuous measurement of oxygen saturation (SpO2), transcutaneous carbon dioxide (TcPCO2), and pulse rate (PR). Nox A1 PSG monitor, thanks to its portability and small size, doesn’t affect comfort during the sleep, while wireless communication with sensors allows the patient to move as they please.
HOW DOES A SLEEP STUDY WORK?
Spend a night at The Sleep Cottage. All our sleep studies are performed at The Sleep Cottage where your child’s sleep is monitored by a professional team. Your child is more than welcome to bring some comfort items, including favourite bedtime toys, pillow or blanket, and superhero jammies (NO OONSIES). And since you will be staying with them in the same room for the whole night, they should be able to relax knowing they’re not alone.
A comfortable journey to sleeping better. At The Sleep Cottage we use innovative technologies and sleep monitoring equipment that’s mainly wireless, so your child’s movements aren’t restricted, and they can settle in for a comfortable night. While there will be sensors and electrodes attached to their body (head, chest, abdomen, arms and legs), the procedure is non-invasive and painless.
All it takes is one night. For almost 100% of our patients, one night at The Sleep Cottage is enough to perform a complete sleep study. Join us with your child around 6 pm and go back home at 6/7 am in the morning. Return at a convenient appointment time to discuss the results and treatment options. It’s as simple as that!
A Paediatric Sleep Specialist interprets the graph and scoring to prepare a detailed report identifying diagnosed sleep disorders and their possible causes. Results of the study are then discussed with the parents/caregivers during a follow-up visit together with available treatment options. The individual treatment plan will depend on the type of sleep disorder, child’s age and individual, patient-related factors.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
The results are in! Results of the sleep study are presented in three forms: a graph, scoring, and a sleep specialist’s report. The graph illustrates changes in physiological parameters that were monitored and measured when the child was asleep. It is accompanied by scoring – a sleep lab technician’s review of these measurements and any other developments recorded over the night. A Pediatric Sleep Specialist interprets the graph and scoring to prepare a detailed report identifying diagnosed sleep disorders and their possible causes. Results of the study are then discussed with the parents/caregivers during a follow-up visit together with available treatment options. The individual treatment plan will depend on the type of sleep disorder, child’s age and individual, patient-related factors.