CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Medical experts agree children need at least nine hours of sleep per night. Sleep problems and a lack of sleep can have negative effects on children’s performance in school, during extracurricular activities, and in social relationships, but a new service offered at the Chambersburg Hospital could make a big difference in diagnosing those types of issues.
The Chambersburg Hospital Sleep Center is now offering pediatric sleep studies for children ages 4 and older. This is the first time this type of service has been made available in Franklin County.
Sandra Mosley, director of the Chambersburg Hospital Sleep Center, said in order to perform pediatric sleep studies, certain requirements, such as placement of electrical outlets in the sleep lab rooms, had to be met to ensure patient safety.
The rooms approved for pediatric sleep studies are private and have a comfortable place for a parent, who is required to stay with the patient overnight, to sleep. The sleep center also offers refreshments and meals for the patient.
Mosley said the ability to get this type of testing done in Franklin County will be a huge convenience for local families.
“By offering this type of specialized testing so close to home, we are making it a lot easier for children to get testing done,” she said. “Our hope is our location and hours will allow more families to schedule testing, and we will be able to help them get one step closer to a sound night’s sleep.”
Pediatric patients must have a referral to get a sleep study performed.