Sleeping disorders (children's sleeping lab)

for children and adolescents up to 18 years

Procedure in the sleeping lab


For the examination in the sleeping lab, your child will be admitted as an inpatient for one night. First of all, please report to the porter of the pediatric clinic (K10). From there, you will be directed to the admission office, where a file will be issued for ward 63. The admission time is at 18:00h.

At bedtime - usually between 19:00-20.00h - your child will then be picked up for examination in the sleeping lab. There the monitoring sensors are attached (a total of 4 electrodes on the head to derive the brain waves and eye movements, an electrode on the chin to measure muscle activity, and a sensor on the nose and mouth to measure the air flow and exhaled carbon dioxide, on the neck a microphone to record snoring sounds, on the chest 3 ECG electrodes, on the chest and abdomen one belt each to record breathing movements, on the hand or foot a sensor to record oxygen saturation and on the leg a sensor to record movements). The recording (polysomnography) is made over a total of 8 hours. During the entire time a night watch is present to ensure that the examination runs smoothly.

You can either stay with your child or go home, depending on what you think is better. Your child is welcome to drink something during the recording, just as he or she is used to at home.

The next morning, you may have breakfast on ward 63 and then are able to leave the clinic. The evaluation of the examination is done separately and the result is reported to the referring doctor.