Treatments & Procedures

How We Assess Your Child's Sleep

The most common sleep study is a polysomnography, also known as an overnight sleep study. During this test, we monitor your child's brain and body activities, including brain waves (EEG), eye movements, arm and leg movements, muscle activity, and heart rate, as well as breathing, chest, and abdominal respiration, airflow at the nose and mouth, and oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.

We provide additional sleep studies, including:

  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT), a test to determine the degree of a child’s sleepiness during the daytime, which is important for diagnosing narcolepsy.
  • Actigraphy, which uses a wristwatch-like device to measure your child’s sleep patterns during regular activities, and which we use to evaluate many sleep disorders.
  • Complex respiratory disorder evaluations, a range of tests we use to assess children with sleep apnea, hypoventilation, children on ventilators, those with tracheostomies, and children with severe chronic lung disease.

Personalizing Treatment

Once we identify the cause of your child’s sleep problem, our teams will tailor a plan of care to improve the quality of his or her sleep. This care may include behavioral recommendations, medications, a device to prevent sleep apnea, or surgery. We work with a range of pediatric specialists with expertise in disorders that affect sleep, including pediatric ENT physicians, obesity experts, bariatric surgeons, developmental specialists, craniofacial surgeons, neurosurgeons, neuromuscular physicians, and gastroenterologists. All of these specialists are available to you and your child at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.