Your child is undergoing an important test tonight. We thank you for your collaboration to improve our chances of completing successful test in our Sleep Laboratory. To help practice good sleep habits as recommended by our Sleep Specialists, we encourage you to follow a few simple instructions.
Please be advised that there is a video camera in the room. The Respiratory Therapist can hear and see what is happening in the room as this is helpful to assess your child’s sleep and breathing.
1. After the set-up of all the sensors for the sleep test, the lights will be dimmed and then turned off to allow your child to fall asleep; NO phones, tablets, or TV are allowed in the room during this wind-down period.
2. During the set up and prior to bedtime, reading is encouraged! Soft music can also be played.
3. We understand that lights out in the sleep lab may be before your child’s normal bedtime. This is because we need to have several hours of sleep recorded in order to assess your child’s sleep and breathing. You may pleasantly surprised by the fact that your child may fall asleep earlier than usual.
4. If you are known to snore, please advise the Respiratory Therapist. If you snore loudly, you may be asked to be move into another room as any noise interferes with your child’s study.
5. Our hospital policy is that only one parent is allowed to stay in the room overnight. We can provide the other parent with linen if they would like to sleep in the Atrium area.
6. After your child falls asleep we ask that you don’t make calls on your cell phone. Any quiet activity is permitted. Digital devices require earphones to be used in the room. Otherwise, you are permitted to step outside and wander in the Atrium for a short period. Please advise the Respiratory Therapist if you need to leave the bedroom for any period of time. As much as possible, we ask that the parent stays in the bedroom during the entire study.
7. We kindly ask you NOT to cover your child with a blanket. Children under 12 months should not sleep with a blanket. For older children who fall asleep with a blanket for comfort, we will ask you to remove it once they are asleep or the RT may also remove it to help better visualize your child’s breathing during sleep. The temperature in the room is purposefully raised for your child’s comfort.
8. The RT will be observing your child’s sleep and breathing the entire night in the Sleep Laboratory. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask the RT during the night.
Healthy sleep for your baby and child