Sleep Service

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Our Sleep Service sees children and young people who have severe sleep problems.

We are one of just a few specialist paediatric sleep services in the UK.


We investigate and provide advice and treatment for:

  • obstructive sleep apnoea
  • narcolepsy
  • severe sleep walking, night terrors or unexplained nocturnal events
  • severe sleep disturbance

The sleep study may require overnight admission to the Sleep Unit or more simple studies may be carried out at home.

Sleep studies

  • Polysomnography – a sleep study to measure your child’s sleep cycles and stages while asleep. Generally done to find out if someone is breathing normally when asleep or to investigate unusual events occurring during sleep.
  • Overnight Oximetry – a recording of the oxygen saturation and heart rate with a soft probe taped on the finger or the foot. This study can sometimes be done at home.


  • consultant-led Sleep Clinic on Monday afternoons in the Outpatients Department
  • nurse-led Sleep Clinic on Monday mornings in the Outpatients Department and Tuesday mornings at the Northern General
  • monthly narcolepsy clinics
Sleep Clinic (nurse-led)
Narcolepsy Clinic (nurse-led)

The Sleep Unit is open every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 6.30pm – 7.30am.

We also have a sleep hygiene course funded by The Children’s Hospital Charity. For more information visit The Children’s Sleep Charity or email

Staying at the Sleep Unit

Our quiet study bedrooms have a patient bed or cot, a fold-down bed and linen for parents/carers and an en suite shower room.

Meals and drinks

We advise you to have your evening meal before attending the Sleep Unit as your arrival time will be after the Hospital meal time of 5pm.

We provide take out breakfast packs on discharge for your child as the canteen does not open until 8am.

Staying overnight with your child

We ask that a parent/carer stay over with the patient if at all possible. Once your child has all of the sensors attached, they are unable to get out of bed. The reassurance of a parent or carer will help them sleep better in this environment.

Preparing your child for the procedure

If your child is old enough to understand, then it is important to explain what is likely to happen as much as possible.

What to bring

  • Nightwear for your child. Pyjamas are best for placement of the sensors and please bring some socks to cover the sensors on the toe.
  • All of your child’s medications that you will need during the overnight stay. If applicable, please bring overnight feeds and pumps, apnoea alarms, CPAP or BIPAP machines, any other routine medical equipment or devices used at home.
  • Anything that will help your child relax before and after the procedure such as a favourite toy, book, game, DVD, or teddy bear.

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