Remember to bring your child’s Alberta Healthcare card and a piece of photo ID.
For overnight testing, please bring your child’s pajamas, toiletries, medications and you may want to bring a comfort item such as their favourite teddy bear. If you have specialized medical equipment for your child, please call the lab to confirm if you need to bring your own or if it will be supplied by the lab.
The Pediatric Sleep Lab is located in Unit 5H2.41, located on the fifth floor of the Stollery Children’s Hospital. From the main Stollery entrance (south doors) at 114 street, turn left and pass the cafeteria and proceed to the north glass elevators. Take the elevator to the fifth floor, and walk straight down the hallway to the sleep lab.
Several types of sleep testing are performed at the Stollery Pediatric Sleep Lab including:
Polysomnography (PSG) - This study is the most in-depth sleep assessment currently available and the gold standard for the evaluation of sleep. This involves an overnight stay for you and your child in the sleep lab, in a private room. You must remain with your child for the duration of the testing. Your child will be observed overnight using multiple sensors, electrodes, and video recording. Polysomnography studies are booked Monday through Friday nights.
Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (MSLT) - This study is performed following an overnight Polysomnography study. An MSLT is the process of taking multiple naps at an interval over the day for evaluation of sleepiness. You must remain with your child for the duration of the testing. MSLT studies are booked Tuesday through Friday days.
Oximetry - A basic screening test that may be ordered by your Pulmonologist, Respirologist, Sleep or Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist. An appointment would be booked at the Stollery Pediatric Sleep Lab to pick up the monitoring device and perform the test at home and return the device the next day.
Actigraphy - Typically, actigraphy is a two-week test which measures activity levels through a 24-hour cycle. Your child will wear a waterproof watch-like device on their wrist that will monitor activity during the day and night. The device is then returned to the lab and the data down loaded for your sleep specialist’s review.