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A sleep study is a procedure that is done overnight in the Massachusetts General Hospital Sleep Lab. This study is the only way to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Read this handout to learn what to expect for your child’s sleep study.
One parent or legal guardian must be present for the entire sleep study. Parents sleep in the same room as their child. Be sure to bring comfortable clothes for yourself. No siblings are allowed in the Sleep Lab.
No, the sleep technologist will be in the control room all night monitoring your child’s sleep. During the night, the technician may come into your child’s room to adjust the sensors or check your child’s breathing.
Sometimes sleep studies are harder on parents than kids. Nothing during the sleep study set-up or sleep study itself is harmful. There will be plenty of snuggle time after set up. Even if your child only sleeps for a few hours during the night, the data can be very helpful in diagnosing OSA.
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