Does My Child Need a Sleep Study?

Valid reasons and indications for a paediatric sleep study may include any of the following:

  • Snoring (In conjunction with at least one other indication)
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Behavioural problems such as hyperactivity
  • Pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Waking choking or gasping
  • Excessive sweating during sleep
  • Waking with headaches
  • Excessive bedwetting

Paediatric Home Sleep Study Process

All patients will be screened by a paediatric sleep physician before conducting our level 2 home-based sleep study. One of our sleep scientists will come to your home in the evening to set your child up with the monitoring device. In the morning, you bring the device into our office and the data is downloaded and analysed by a specialist paediatric sleep scientist. All results for our paediatric studies will be delivered during a one-on-one video consultation with the paediatric sleep physician.

Our Paediatric Sleep Physician

Dr Scott Burgess is a Paediatrician specialising in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine. He provides compassionate and high-quality care to the children with lung, breathing or sleep related problems.

He co-founded Queensland Children’s Lung and Sleep Specialists, a specialist clinic bringing together highly experienced and qualified doctors and therapists, all with the vision of providing exceptional care when you need it most.

Dr Burgess graduated from the University of Queensland. He also holds post graduate degrees in both sleep and respiratory medicine from the University of Western Australia including a PhD. He has four children of his own.

Can my GP Request The Sleep Study Directly?

YES, all referrals can be emailed to bookings@homesleep.com.au or faxed to 03 9012 4156.

What is the waiting time to have a sleep study test?

Usually, 1 to 2 weeks but within days if urgent.

Can it be done in my home?

YES.

We come to your home in the evening, any night of the week. Takes 30mins to put the mobile-phone size sleep monitor over your child’s t-shirt or pyjamas and go through a quality check to make sure everything is working. We just need access to a kitchen benchtop – no need to go into your child’s bedroom.

Does it include audio-video?

NO.

If the paediatric sleep specialist identifies a need for more complex monitoring during the screening process, your child will be referred for a hospital-based study.

Does it include leg movements?

YES.

Leg movements are important for the diagnosis of Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome, especially in the absence of obvious obstructive sleep apnoea symptoms such as snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness. About 25% of insomnia can be caused by a physical problem such as obstructive sleep apnoea or periodic leg movement syndrome.

Does it include jaw movement?

YES.

Our sleep tests include monitoring of jaw muscle activity to check for bruxism or teeth grinding, which can cause headaches, jaw pain and cracks or excessive wear in your child’s teeth.