Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is an actigraphy?
An actigraphy is the continuous measurement of activity or movement with the use of a small device called an actigraph (or an actiware watch). An actigraphy also can mark events such as bedtimes or wake times. During an actigrtaphy, an actigraph is worn for 24 hours a day for approximately 2 weeks.
Q: How do I get an actigraph/actiware watch?
Your child's health care provider will assess the need for this testing and order one if it is appropriate. Your child will be set up with one during your clinic visit, or one will be mailed to your home if it is not readily available during your visit.
Q: What happens once I put on the actigraph/actiware watch?
The device most be worn at all times for two weeks. When your child goes to bed at night, hold down the button on the side of the device for 3 seconds. When your child wakes in the morning, hold down the button on the side again for 3 seconds. Holding the button for 3 seconds creates a mark on the actigraphy report that tells the interpreting physician when the patient goes to bed and wakes up from sleep. In addition, you must keep a sleep diary for your child during the 2-week time span. At the end of the two weeks, you will turn in the device and the diary together.
Q: How soon will I get my actigraphy results?
Your provider will receive the report and they will call you with those results. It can take up to 2 weeks after returning the device and diary before results will be available.
Q: Why do I have to bring my CPAP machine with me to clinic?
We download the device while you are in clinic. Your provider can assess its use and determine if any adjustments need to be made during your visit. This eliminates the need to take the device to your home care company, thus eliminating any delay in your child's therapy.
Q: Do I need to bring my CPAP mask to my appointment?
Yes, please bring your CPAP mask to your clinic appointment and sleep study appointment.
Q: What is SleepMapper?
SleepMapper is a mobile- and web-based system designed to help parents monitor their child’s use and compliance with their sleep device. Go to www.sleepmapper.com for more information or ask us during your next clinic visit to help you set up this system.
Sleep Study Questions
Q: How long does it take to get in for a sleep study?
Depending on the flexibility of the patient and family, we can schedule patients in for a sleep study within approximately two weeks.
Q: Who is allowed to stay overnight for a sleep study?
We allow one parent/guardian to stay overnight. We do not allow siblings to stay overnight. If you’re from out of town, we can arrange accommodations at the Rainbow House for family members not able to stay overnight.
Q: What should my child bring for the sleep study?
Pajamas and whatever will make your child most comfortable (ex: pillow, blanket, favorite movie or favorite toy).
Q: Do we need to eat dinner before we arrive for the sleep study?
Yes. We also have a cafeteria located on Lower Level 3 (L3) in the hospital if you want a snack.
Q: What time do we leave the following morning?
The studies are typically done at 6 a.m. If your child will need lab work completed, the study ends at approximately 5:30 a.m. After the wires are removed, you and your child are free to leave.
Return to the Sleep Center home page.