Norton Pediatric Sleep Center

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Norton Children’s Sleep Medicine, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, conducts sleep studies for children at our two pediatric sleep centers in Louisville, Kentucky. Both are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Our pediatric sleep specialists evaluate children up to age 18 for a comprehensive range of sleep conditions, including snoring, insomnia, parasomnias (sleepwalking, sleep talking and night terrors), excessive daytime sleepiness and narcolepsy.

Preparing for Your Child’s Sleep Study

What to Expect

A child sleep study is painless and involves no needles. Sensors are attached to the skin with hypoallergenic tape, similar to an adhesive bandage. Help your child understand that it won’t be painful.

Small children usually sit on their parent’s lap while the sensors are attached. Our technicians are experienced in placing these sensors on children at all developmental stages.

A parent or guardian shares the room with the child. The child sleeps in a custom bed or crib — not a hospital bed. The adult has a separate bed. Each room has private restroom facilities, including a shower.

A trained child sleep study technologist remains in the office throughout the night to monitor the child and help during and after the study.

Arrive with your child at 7:15 p.m. The sleep study will conclude around 5:30 or 6 a.m.

After a brief discharge questionnaire, it’s time to go home.

What to Pack

  • Child’s insurance card, Social Security number, name and date of birth
  • Loose, comfortable, two-piece cotton sleepwear and overnight toiletries (the sleep lab does not provide toiletries)
  • Medications in their original containers with labels
  • A favorite blanket, pillow or stuffed toy, as well as a favorite DVD or other items used by the child at bedtime
  • Change of clothes for the following morning
  • CPAP/BiPAP mask and portable oxygen, if used
  • For tracheostomy studies, bring a cap for the tracheostomy

Before the Sleep Study

A parent or guardian must confirm their child’s sleep study appointment no later than 10:30 a.m. the day of the study. Call (502) 559-1420 or (502) 559-1421 to cancel or reschedule.

  • Your child should not have any caffeine and should follow a normal sleep routine for 48 hours before the study.
  • Eat dinner with your child before arriving.
  • Your child should arrive bathed, with clean hair. Do not use hair gel, makeup, lotion or other oily products.
  • Continue regular medications as prescribed unless otherwise directed by your child’s health care provider.

The sleep study is conducted in the pediatric sleep center on the Norton Healthcare – St. Matthews campus. Children older than age 13 may be scheduled at Norton Sleep Center – Brownsboro based on wait time.

Norton Sleep Centers

Norton Healthcare – St. Matthews
Norton Medical Plaza 3 – St. Matthews, first floor
4001 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 559-1421

Norton Medical Plaza I – Brownsboro, Suite 210
4950 Norton Healthcare Blvd.
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 394-6370

How Will I Get the Test Results?

  • Technicians are not authorized to discuss their observations regarding your child’s sleep evaluation.
  • Your child’s study results will be reviewed and interpreted by your child’s board-certified sleep physician.
  • Your child’s sleep physician’s office will contact you once the results are logged into the medical records system. Evaluation times may vary depending on type of study, but results are generally available within one week.

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