A sleep study is the most comprehensive way to collect information for your physician about what is happening in your body while you are sleeping. From this information we can identify sleep disorders or abnormalities related to your sleep needs. Among other things, we will be monitoring your heart activity, breathing, brain waves and muscle activity during the night.
Yes, you will have your own private room. All rooms have cable TV in case you want to watch to unwind before bedtime.
Once it is time to begin the study, you will be hooked up with about 20 small wires which will help us gather the information from your study. When all the devices are connected you can lie down and go to sleep. There are no needles used at all in this process.
Most patients say that once all the wires are on they forget about them and have very little trouble sleeping. They are arranged in a manner that will allow for you to move and roll around in bed.
You can get up to use the bathroom as often as necessary during the night. Just let your technician know.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. We suggest pajama shorts or pants and a T-shirt. Some of the wires run under you clothing so that you won’t get tangled up in them.
It is important to remember to bring any medication that you usually take before bedtime or when you wake up in the morning. Our facility does not provide medication of any kind and your sleep tech cannot administer any medication for you. If you will require special assistance, please let us know during the scheduling process so that we can work with you to make special arrangements. Also, please bring current copies of your insurance cards, loose comfortable clothes to sleep in and any specific toiletries that you will require. (Your bathroom will have shampoo, conditioner, and body wash available.)
You will spend the whole night at the sleep lab. In the morning, most studies end between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. After all the wires have been removed you are free to go. If you need to wake up by a specific time in order to get to work, please let your technologist know when you come in for your test.
After your study has been completed it is reviewed and interpreted by one of our Board Certified Sleep Medicine Physicians. In most cases, results are delivered to your referring doctor within 7-10 business days after your study.