The sleep lab at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center offers the latest diagnostics used to identify a wide range of sleep disorders in a convenient, comfortable setting. Patients check-in during the evening and spend the night in a hotel-type room in a quiet part of the hospital. Special electrodes are attached to the patient and provide continuous monitoring of sleep patterns and disruptions throughout the night. A specially trained sleep lab technologist closely monitors the patient throughout the study with sleep patterns analyzed by board-certified sleep specialists.

Pediatric Sleep Studies

Lexington Medical Center's Pediatric Sleep Lab can evaluate a variety of sleep-related conditions in infants and children including insomnia, narcolepsy, seasonal affective disorder and common problems such as sleepwalking, nightmares, restless leg syndrome, nocturnal seizures and sleep apnea.

Working in conjunction with the child's pediatrician or primary care physician, the Pediatric Sleep Lab offers a variety of diagnostic tests to help determine what's wrong and how to fix it.

The Pediatric Sleep Lab is staffed by physicians and technicians from the Sleep Disorders Center at Wake Forest Baptist Health. The results of the tests performed at the Pediatric Sleep Lab are interpreted by board certified sleep specialists at the Sleep Disorders Center in Winston-Salem and relayed to the child's primary care physician.

How to Tell if Your Child Has a Sleep Disorder

The first step is to identify the symptoms by looking for certain behaviors during the day, which can be signs of sleep deprivation. The next step is to discuss these symptoms with your child's pediatrician or primary care physician and be evaluated.

Indicators of sleep-related problems include:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Lack of sleep which affects behavior or learning
  • Chronically sleepy or irritable during the day despite apparently getting enough sleep at night
  • Snoring and breathing difficulty, especially when associated with bedwetting beyond age 3; poor school performance; attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); and/or a slow rate of growth/failure to thrive
  • Difficulty breathing, breathing heavily, or snoring while asleep; always sleeps with mouth open
  • Frequent leg or arm jerks while asleep; funny unpleasant feeling in legs during the evening when at rest
  • Difficulty waking for school in the morning; sleeps several hours later on weekends
  • Frequent nightmares; screaming, yelling, thrashing, or walking in sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Unusual sleep positions
  • Cognitive and behavioral problems (e.g. aggressive behavior)
  • Morning headaches  

Wake Forest Baptist Sleep Disorders Center

The Wake Forest Baptist Sleep Disorders Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Our multidisciplinary team is made up of board-certified sleep specialists from neurology, pulmonary disease and pediatrics. Our team of sleep experts performs sleep studies and multiple sleep latency tests (MSLT), and provides education, advice and assistance to patients and referring physicians regarding the latest testing and treatments available for all types of sleep disorders.