Associate Professor Margot Davey runs Teddy Bear Sleep Services which is a consultative paediatric sleep service that has access to both private and public paediatric sleep laboratories in Melbourne

A/Prof Margot Davey is a specialist in paediatric sleep medicine and has worked in the field for over 30 years. She is the Director of the Melbourne Children’s Sleep Centre, which is a public paediatric sleep laboratory based at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton that provides all types of sleep studies to children ranging from newborn up to 18 years of age.

What is a Sleep Study?

A sleep study is a non-invasive test which requires a number of electrodes and sensors to be attached to your child before they go to sleep. The attachment of these electrodes and sensors to the skin of the head and body is safe and will not hurt your child. These sensors allow monitoring of your child’s sleep, looking at sleep and breathing patterns. Throughout the night, specially trained staff will observe your child on a video monitor in the room next door. The staff will ensure that the information collected is of good quality and is a good record of what your child is doing during sleep. Staff may need to enter the room during the night to re-attach electrodes.

When do you do a sleep study?

  • Concerns about snoring and breathing difficulties during sleep
  • Marked daytime sleepiness or unrefreshing sleep despite normal amount of sleep overnight
  • Unusual nighttime movements or unexplained nighttime wakings