Sleep Study

Bergholt Ward

Tel: 01473 702194

Information for parents, guardians and carers.

It is important to diagnose if your child has a sleep-related disorder because the consequences of leaving it untreated can be significant in the long term.

Sleep-related disorders can impact on the heart and the brain, or on mood and behaviour. For example, having disturbed sleep at night might make your child tired the next day and make it difficult to concentrate at school.

We will show you to your child’s room where you can get settled and then a member of the Sleep team, usually a nurse, will meet you. You will be required to fill in some paperwork on your arrival. This is a chance for you to ask any questions you may have.

While your child is still awake, but ready for bed, the study will be set up, which involves: 

  • a soft probe being wrapped around your child’s toe or finger to monitor his or her oxygen levels while asleep; 
  • two sticky ECG pads being placed on your child’s chest to measure his or her heart rate; 
  • two stretchy bands being put around your child’s chest and abdomen to record breathing movements; 
  • a small tube being placed on the edge of your child’s nostrils to monitor breathing rates and flow pattern; and 
  • video and audio recordings of your child’s sleep being made.

Once these sensors have been attached, your child will be able to sleep normally.

The sleep study requires an overnight stay in hospital. It is usually recorded for a period of eight hours.

Sleep studies are painless and there are no needles involved.

Once the sleep study is completed, all the sensors are removed in the morning and you and your child can then go home.

The study will be written up by our doctor who will send the report to the doctor who referred your child for the study, who will contact you about further management.

If you have any further queries please contact Bergholt Ward on 01473 702194.

If your child is unwell, please let us know so that the sleep study can be rescheduled for a different date.