Your doctor referred you for a sleep study… Now what?
- You will be contacted to schedule appointment for your overnight sleep study (night shift workers can be scheduled during the day).
- Prior to your study, a medical intake is required. This intake can be an office visit during which a complete sleep history is taken and a brief medical examination is performed, followed by a discussion of the findings. In addition, you will be educated about medical issues related to the treatment of sleep disorders.
- Sleep study appointment is usually scheduled as: 8:30 pm for young children and either 9:00 pm or 10:00 pm for older children and adults.
- A follow-up appointment will be scheduled with one of our physicians after your final sleep study to discuss the results with you.
*Please note: One of our doctors may call you to discuss the results of your sleep study with you in order to expedite the process.
- Follow-up appointments with our sleep physicians will be made on a regular basis to assist you with treatment and to address any concerns you may have.
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study monitors the stages of your sleep as well as physiological events that affect it. The following are recorded during your study:
- eye movements
- muscle tone and activity
- heart rate and EKG
- blood oxygen saturation
- brain activity
- leg and body movements
- body position
What you can Expect
- Private bedroom with private or semiprivate bathroom
- Courteous, attentive, professional staff members
- Comfortable, relaxing atmosphere
- Cable television
- Lights out by 11:00 p.m.; morning awakening around 5:30 a.m.
- Sensors will be secured to your head with a thick paste-like substance; others will be taped to your face and legs.
- Your sleep will also be monitored by a video camera. A microphone is present so that you may alert your technologist during the study if you have any questions, problems, or need to use the restroom.
How to Prepare for Your Sleep Study
- Avoid napping
- Eat dinner as you normally would
- Do not consume caffeine after noon; avoid alcohol consumption as well
- Take medications as you normally would unless otherwise directed by your physician
- Bring any medications with you that you may need during the night or first thing in the morning
- Bring pajamas or comfortable clothes to sleep in; bring personal hygiene items
- You may bring a pillow, extra blanket, or anything that makes you more comfortable
- Arrive at your scheduled time; arriving early does not gaurantee that a technologist can start your study sooner
- Shower/bather and wash your hair; do not use conditioners or facial creams
- Men need to be clean-shaven if they do not have beards or moustaches; women need to remove make-up and nail polish
Getting your Results
A sleep specialist can answer most of your questions about your sleep study. But only your sleep doctor or medical care provider can explain the results. Our sleep physician will interpret your study and the results will be sent to your doctor usually within a week. In order to expedite the process, if treatment is needed, a staff member may call you to discuss the preliminary results.