What is a Sleep Study?
A sleep study includes single or multiple diagnostic tests performed by a qualified technician to help diagnose a number of sleep disorders. The tests are non-invasive and do not use any needles, injectable dyes, IVs or shots.
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Prior to arrival for your test:
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine consumption.
- If possible, do not take non-prescribed medication the day of your study. (Please consult your physician if you have any questions.)
- Do not apply any product to your hair or skin the day of the test (hand lotion, conditioner, styling products, etc).
- Do not wear nail polish or artifical nails.
- Do not wear braids, wigs, hairpieces or pins.
- You should take prescribed medicines (insulin, heart prescriptions, etc.) at your usual times throughout the day.
- Items to bring:
- Loose-fitting sleep clothes and your own pillow (if desired).
- Current insurance card, ID such as drivers license.
- Prescription medications that you take at night or first thing in the morning.
- You will be led to your private, home-like bedroom.
- Your sleep technologist will explain the procedure and equipment to you and answer any questions that you may have.
- You will complete any remaining paperwork.
- You will change into your sleep clothes.
- The technician will apply the electrodes and sensors to your body. These are used to monitor your movements and activities.
- You will go to sleep as you normally do at home.
In the Morning:
- The technologist will wake you up and remove the electrodes and sensors.
- You are free to return home and enjoy the rest of your day.
At the conclusion of your test, the sleep technologist will wake you (usually around 5:30 a.m.). At that time, you will be asked to complete a post-sleep questionnaire. The data from your test will be scored and interpreted and then sent to your primary care physician within five business days. We encourage you to follow up with your primary care physician to discuss your results after each lab visit. From your test results, your physician will determine what treatment, if any, you will need. If you have a positive test result and have had a follow-up test to determine PAP settings, you will be referred to a durable medical equipment company to get your equipment. If behavioral changes are needed, you may be referred to a behavioral health specialist.
Registration and Insurance:
You must be referred by a doctor to get a sleep study. Consult with your primary care physician or a sleep specialist to determine if you are a candidate. To schedule a sleep study, refer to the location listings to call to schedule your test. We have several locations that are conveniently located close to your work, home or school.
Eligibility requirements and coverage vary from one policy to another. Our staff will verify coverage with your insurance plan and obtain prior authorization for your sleep study. Please present a current insurance card when you arrive for your appointment. Charges not covered by insurance will be the responsibility of the patient.