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Q What is a sleep study?

A A sleep study is a diagnostic evaluation of a possible sleep disorder. A sleep study, also called a polysomnogram (PSG), monitors several activities including brain wave, eye movements, muscle contractions, heart activity, breathing and blood oxygenation during sleep. The information collected in a sleep study is approximately 800 pages of data that has to be reviewed and analyzed by our sleep specialists, the results can take up to 2 weeks.

Q Will a sleep study hurt?

A No, a sleep study is not painful at all. There are no needles involved, young children have them performed.

Q What should I bring?

A We want our patients to be as comfortable as possible so we encourage them bring their own pillow or blanket, robe, slippers, something comfortable to sleep in and whatever you need for the next morning.

Q How will I be able to sleep in a different place?

A The test itself will not prevent you from sleeping however it may take you a little longer to fall asleep only because you are in a different environment

Q What about my medication?

A Take your medications as prescribed and by the direction of your physician. We have no say in your medications. We just ask that if you take a sleep aid or a medication at night that makes you drowsy that you take it after you arrive at the sleep center, again you should always follow the advice of your physician regarding medications. If you have a medical condition that may require a snack, please bring one. If you have medication that needs refrigeration please make arrangements to bring a cooler or refrigeration, If you have scheduled medications and need to take them while you are with us, please bring them with you.

Q Can I get up to use the restroom during test?

A You are able to move around and get up to go to the restroom or get a drink of water during the night while testing.

Q Can I smoke while at the center?

A We would recommend you not smoke, however we do understand the need for some patients to, so in the event you must smoke, you would have to go outside.

Q Can I bring someone?

A As long as you give the sleep center advance notice that you would like someone to be with you during your test, the staff will make special arrangements. However the friend/bed partner is not allowed in the bed while the test is conducted due to compromising the data, but we do have other rooms available they would be able to use.

Q Is Sleep Apnea dangerous?

A Absolutely! Sleep Apnea is life threatening and one the top 5 cause for heart attack and one of the leading causes of high blood pressure.

Q Does Sleep Apnea affect only the overweight or obese population?

A This is a misperception that only the overweight suffer from Sleep Apnea when that is false. The condition affects all ages and all sizes. However if you have extra fatty tissue especially in the neck area you are at a higher risk.

Q Is Sleep apnea the only disorder a sleep test can diagnose?

A A sleep study is to evaluate several things, it is not narrowed to only 1 diagnosis. There are so many sleep disorders but Sleep Apnea is the most common and is life threatening so people hear about that disorder most. A sleep study gives you and your doctor the opportunity to see what is going on in your most relaxed state.

Q What happens after the test?

A If you are not already awake, you will be awakened between 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM (if your appt was scheduled at night) you will be asked to fill out a form, and coffee will be available as well.

Q What time are the appointments?

A The traditional appointments are at night around 9pm or 10pm. However some pts are shift workers and we want to schedule the appt when you are normally going to sleep, so if you get off work at 2am then we would schedule the test around 2:30am -3:00am and you would be awakened after about 6 hours.

Q What time would I leave after the test?

A Typically pts leave about 20 minutes after they are awakened.

Q Do I need a prescription from a doctor for a sleep evaluation?

A Yes.

Q When should I be concerned and seek help from a sleep medicine specialist?

A You are the only person who knows how you feel. If you feel something is not quite right listen to what your body is telling you and seek help. Or if a bed partner is telling you to get checked out. Majority of patients do not know or realize they have anything wrong, it is always the bed partner who witnesses symptoms.

Q Can payment arrangements be made if I have no insurance or a large deductible?

A Yes. We are known for working with our patients.

Q What if I want a sleep study but my doctor does not agree?

A Maybe you should see a Sleep Medicine specialist who understands sleep and can relate to your symptoms specifically for that issue.

Q How do I know if my insurance has coverage for sleep medicine?

A We will be happy to do the work for you. We have specialized staff who call the insurance company and obtain benefits.

Q Can I have the test using CPAP therapy (cpap titration) if I have not had a diagnostic evaluation?

A No. The only way you would be able to have the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) test is to have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea through an overnight diagnostic evaluation and meeting criteria for OSA (obstructive sleep apnea)

Q If I work days and/or nights how would a sleep study be scheduled for me?

A We schedule based on when your normal bed time is.