Scheduling a sleep study is an important step toward identifying the root cause of repeated restless nights or daytime weariness. Whether you are spending the night in one of our centers or participating in a day study, your safety and comfort is our priority. Our centers have showering facilities and private patient rooms equipped with televisions and wireless Internet.
Getting ready for a sleep study is simple. On the day of the study, please avoid eating sugary foods and consuming caffeine after lunch because they can make it difficult for you to fall asleep. When doing an overnight sleep study, we recommend eating dinner before you arrive. For all sleep studies, it’s a good idea to bring the following items with you:
Overnight sleep studies are scheduled from 7:30pm to 6-7am the following morning. If follow-up testing is necessary, such as a Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), you may need to stay until 5pm the following day.
Getting Started. When you arrive for your sleep study, one of our registered sleep technologists will greet you, take you to your room, discuss your sleep study in detail, review necessary paperwork and answer any questions you have.
Hooking up the Equipment. Once you are acclimated to your surroundings, the technologist will place several sensors and electrodes on your body. This equipment measures a variety of activity, such as brain waves, muscle movements, breathing, oxygen levels, heart rate and snoring while you sleep. It takes approximately 45 minutes to hook up the equipment. A common reaction to this experience is “You expect me to sleep with all this on?” While it may seem difficult, the majority of patients are able to drift off. You may be surprised by how much rest you actually get.
Monitoring Your Sleep. Once the equipment is set up, our sleep technologist will track what’s happening from another room. You will be able to communicate with the technologist through an intercom system. We encourage patients to sleep by maintaining a dark, stimulation-free environment: all electronics, including cell phones, should be turned off.
Getting the Results. When the study is over, the technologist will wake you and unhook the equipment. You will then have the opportunity to shower and change. It takes one to three weeks for sleep study results to be available. Your sleep specialist will set up a clinic appointment to go over the findings and discuss treatment options.
If you would like to be evaluated for a sleep concern, call to schedule an appointment with one of our locations. Note that some insurance policies require a doctor referral for our services. Check with your insurance before your appointment to verify your coverage.