a sleep study – commonly asked questions:
doctor ordered a sleep study. What will happen?
You will be scheduled to show up about 2 hours before the
study. This will give the technician time to attach electrodes
and monitoring equipment. Sensors will be placed on your face,
finger, legs, abdoment, chest, and head. This does not hurt.
been scheduled for a MSLT (nap study). Do I need to bring
something to eat?
Our office has a kitchen area that has a refrigerator as well
as a microwave oven. Feel free to bring a lunch and/or snack
with you. Your frozen entree can be heated for you in our
microwave oven and any items that need refrigeration can be
placed in our refrigerator until ready to eat.
Yes, but we will not provide food. If necessary a clean refrigerator
is available for food storage
son is 3 years old. He is going to have a sleep study. Can
Absolutely ! For minors, we request that an adult accompany
and stay with the patient throughout the night. While we do
not provide hotel accommodations, one accompanying parent
or family member is welcome to sleep in a comfortable lounge
should I bring with me?
Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing such as t shirts,
pajamas, or sweat pants.
Each bedroom is equipped with a satellite TV and DVD player,
you may bring DVD's from home for viewing before bedtime.
Children may bring soothing objects such as stuffed animals
or blankets. All patients may bring their favorite pillow
if they desire.
We do not provide medications. We do not administer medications.
Please make appropriate arrangements. If you need a referral
for the study, you must bring it with you. Unless all “paperwork”
is done before the study, it will not be performed. Our staff
will help obtain referrals if needed.
can I leave after my study?
You will be scheduled for an 8 hour sleep study. Plan to be
awakened 8 hours after your scheduled bedtime. If you wish
you may shower before leaving. If you are scheduled for a
daytime study (MSLT, or nap study) the next day, do not plan
to leave until late the next afternoon – check with
our staff regarding the expected study termination time.
sleep testing dangerous? Is there any pain or discomfort involved?
No. sleep testing is safe. No significant pain or discomfort
is usually experienced.
husband snores. I think he might stop breathing during sleep.
What should I do?
When a person’s spouse or bed partner complains about
loud snoring, the snorer’s doctor should be informed.
Loud snoring may be just a nuisance (as it can disrupt the
life and sleep of a bed partner). In some individuals, though,
it is one of the signs of obstructive
sleep apnea. Individuals who are obese, sleepy
during the daytime, or who are witnessed to stop breathing
during sleep may need a sleep evaluation.
I can't get my teenaged son out of bed in the morning. He
is sleepy during school, but can't go to sleep at night. What
should I do?
There are many sleep problems and challenges affecting adolescents
and young adults. We have a special interest in caring for
such individuals. Our sleep specialists have experience treating
patients with Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (a
circadian rhythm disorder) and would be happy to
see such individuals in consultation.Your son may have Delayed
Sleep Phase Syndrome. He should be seen by a sleep
specialist. Our sleep specialists have experience in treating
such a problem.
information regarding Delayed Sleep
Phase Syndrome, CLICK
What if I can't go to sleep during the sleep study?
We will almost certainly get enough information even during
a short period of sleep to diagnose most sleep problems. Some
people actually sleep better in a sleep laboratory than at
home! Don’t worry!
do I have to see a physician before a sleep study?
We strongly feel that consultation with a sleep specialist
is the most important aspect of a sleep evaluation. Information
gathered during the consultation is important, often leads
to diagnoses not forthcoming during sleep tests, and helps
our sleep physicians to ensure that testing is properly performed.
Will I need a nap test as well as an overnight sleep
Nap testing (multiple sleep latency testing) may be ordered
if our sleep specialist physicians suspect that you may have
narcolepsy. It may also be indicated to prove that an individual
is not pathologically sleepy. However, most individuals who
visit our center do not undergo this test.
What insurances are accepted?
We accept most major insurances. If we do not accept your
insurance we will be glad to assist you in finding physicians
Why can't I just take sleeping pills?
Our sleep specialists can often treat sleep disorders without
the use of medicines. If medicines are needed to promote and
maintain healthy sleep we are very willing to provide them.
In many instances, however, non-drug therapy is best in the
long term. We are glad to assist with both drug therapy and
you should expect (and insist upon) from your home care company:
may write a prescription for you to have durable medical equipment,
devices, and / or supplemental oxygen. You have the right
to choose your provider unless it is mandated by your insurance
company. If you already have a relationship with a provider
(home care company), please notify our staff so that the prescriptions
may be sent to them.
have picked a home care company, your sleep physician will
arrange for a prescription to be sent there. Sometimes the
prescription will not be sent until complete scoring of your
sleep study is complete - this may take at least a couple
of days. The reason for this possible delay is to ensure that
the prescription is correct; sometimes complete scoring (and
rescoring by the physician) of records is necessary.
In most cases, your CPAP unit should be delivered no later
than 5 working days after receipt of prescription and appropriate
insurance authorization. Special requests may take longer.
Phone calls should be answered the same or next working day
Your home care company should offer free delivery of equipment
to the site where you will use it.
Technicians should demonstrate how to use the equipment.
Your home care company should dispense the mask and other
equipment prescribed by your doctor. Sometimes substitution
with other equipment is appropriate; technicians from the
home care company may find equipment which suits you even
better than that prescribed by your doctor. However, such
changes should only be made after consultation with your physician.
Technicians from your home care company should be available
to answer questions and service equipment if necessary.
Documentation that you use the unit prescribed by your doctor
is important. It helps to show that you are a compliant patient.
It helps your physician from a diagnostic standpoint; in some
difficult cases we find this information very helpful. Some
insurance companies will not pay for the use of CPAP devices
if you can not prove that you actually use it.
care companies help you and your physician by providing information
about your compliance with equipment.
ask if you have questions regarding these issues. We will
be glad to help.