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The Valley Hospital
223 N. Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Preparing For Your Child's Sleep Study


Prior to Sleep Testing

Prior to sleep testing, we will contact your healthcare insurance company to notify them that your child is scheduled for sleep testing. If your insurance company requires precertification or authorization for outpatient diagnostic procedures, we will obtain this authorization. Please keep in mind that authorization or precertification is not a guarantee of payment. You should be aware of your benefits and eligibility requirements prior to testing.

You will be contacted two business days prior to your scheduled testing date to confirm your child's appointment. Please advise us at that time if there are any recent changes in your child's health (upper respiratory infections, flu-like symptoms) that may necessitate rescheduling. If you find it necessary to cancel your appointment, please call 201-251-3487.

What should my child and I bring for the sleep testing?

  • Insurance card and driver's license
  • Routine medications that have been discussed with the physician ordering the sleep study, which you will give the child
  • Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes or pajamas (two piece without zippers)
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, comb, etc.)
  • Bedtime ritual aids (books, music, stuffed animals, pillow)
  • Formula, special foods, medical equipment

Quiet activities that distract the child, such as electronic handheld video games, a tablet computer, or soothing DVD, may be helpful for the setup process. Television and DVD players are available.

What do we need to do the day of the sleep study?

  • Awaken early, avoid napping
  • Maintain normal daytime routine (school, activities, dinner)
  • Avoid all stimulants (soda, chocolate, tea)
  • Pack an overnight bag for yourself and your child
  • Shower to remove lotion from skin and spray or gel from hair
  • Remove any finger/toe nail polish

What time should we arrive?

The time of arrival will be prearranged when testing is scheduled. It is dependent upon the age of the child, his or her normal bedtime, and the estimated time needed to set up the study. Children may arrive in their comfortable, loose-fitting clothes or pajamas. Patients are scheduled at 6:45, 7:45, and 9 p.m.

Where does the sleep testing take place?

The sleep testing will take place at The Center for Sleep Medicine located at 579 Franklin Turnpike, Ridgewood, NJ. The Center's parking and entrance are in the rear of the building.

Can I stay with my child?

Yes, a parent sleeping in the same room throughout the study can minimize the child's apprehension. If necessary, both parents may come in with the child, but we can only accommodate one parent staying overnight. Older children may prefer to stay without the parent. Your child will be attended by a sleep technician for the duration of the study. The sleep testing rooms are set up with a crib/bed for your child and a cot/recliner for the parent. Each room has a private bath and shower. Internet access is available at an additional charge. After your child has fallen asleep, there is a sitting area with a television available for the parent.

What will happen during our stay?

Please be prepared with your driver's license and insurance card for the admission paperwork, which is completed by the Center's business associate. The sleep technician will answer any questions you or your child may have about the sleep testing and allow time for you to get your child ready for bed. For your convenience, healthy snacks and beverages are available. The sleep technician will then apply the necessary electrodes to your child's head and body. The application of the electrodes is painless, but does involve about 40 to 50 minutes of cooperation on the part of your child. During this time, activities such as reading, electronic handheld video games, a tablet computer, or a soothing DVD will distract your child and help facilitate the set up. A parent who is supportive to the child, yet firm and clear about the child's anticipated cooperation, is an important component to a successful set up.

When the equipment is completely set up and the child's bedtime ritual is completed, you and your child will be encouraged to go to sleep. You are encouraged to stay in the room with your child until he or she falls asleep. Once asleep, you may choose to watch television or read in a nearby lounge. If you remain in the room, you must be quiet. The technician will monitor your child's sleep continuously throughout the night via audio and video cameras and, at times, by in-room observation. Sometimes it is necessary to reapply and adjust the equipment throughout the night. You and your child will be awakened between 6 and 6:30 a.m., and the sleep study will be concluded. A light continental breakfast is available. All equipment will be removed and you will be discharged by 7 a.m.

How will we receive the results?

Please refrain from requesting preliminary results from the technician. Your physician will review the results and discuss any next steps that may be required. Results will be communicated to you both verbally and in writing as arranged by your physician.

A copy of the sleep testing report will be sent to your pediatrician and other subspecialists as requested.

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