Preparation is easy!
Our sleep technicians are trained to help you feel safe and secure. A technician helps you prepare for the evaluation and is available during the sleep period to monitor and make adjustments. The technician can also answer all of your questions. During the sleep evaluation study, the technician monitors your sleeping and waking patterns, breathing patterns, body movements, and brain waves. This information is interpreted by our sleep physician, then conveyed to your primary physician, who then recommends a course of treatment.
What To Bring
- Parent or guardian, if patient is less than 18 years of age
- Insurance card, social security number, name and date of birth of insured
- 2-piece (loose and comfortable) cotton sleepwear
- Socks or house shoes
- Overnight toiletries
- Change of clothes for the following morning
- A favorite pillow, blanket, or stuffed toy
- Favorite bedtime DVD (age-appropriate)
- CPAP/BiPAP mask and portable oxygen, if applicable
Before the Sleep Evaluation
- Patient should follow a normal sleep routine 48 hours prior to study.
- Patient should avoid caffeine for 48 hours prior to study.
- Patient and caregiver should eat dinner before arriving.
- Patient needs to continue regular medications as prescribed unless otherwise directed by patient’s physician.
- Patient should bring any overnight medications with him or her, in original bottles with labels.
- Patient should arrive bathed, with clean hair. Hair gels, sprays, and other oily substances should not be used.
Medications are not available and are not administered by staff.
During the Sleep Evaluation
If the patient is under 18 years old, we require one parent or guardian to stay with the child during evaluation.
Your sleep technician confirms the patient’s medical history and asks you questions about sleep symptoms, sleep behaviors, and activities. The technician is also available to answer questions about the sleep study.
Two patient suites with different color and theme options are available. Whenever possible, we will accommodate your choice: You will be taken to your comfortable suite where you can begin your evening routine.
After you’ve had time to get comfortable and your sleep technician has completed the necessary paperwork, he or she will attach approximately 10 monitors to your head, neck, chest, and legs. Our technicians are experienced in placing these monitors on patients of all ages and developmental backgrounds.
The monitors are small, round and painless and are easily removed after the study is complete. A belt goes around your abdomen and chest, and a pulse oximeter is placed around a finger (or foot) to monitor oxygen levels. Lastly, a nasal cannula monitor is placed under your nose to monitor nasal breathing. It is best to have a two-piece garment or button top for this portion of the study.
Lights are dimmed between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. in your bedroom based on your preference. Your sleep technician may adjust monitors or other equipment in your suite throughout the duration of the study.
Your sleep study should conclude around 5:30 to 6:00 a.m. The sleep technician will enter to remove all of the monitors. You will be asked to complete a brief discharge questionnaire regarding the study before you leave.
After the Sleep Evaluation
The results of your study will be reviewed and interpreted by our sleep physician. The results are sent to your referring physician within 3 days after completion of the study. Evaluation time may vary depending on the depth of the study requested by your physician, but results are generally available within one week.
To receive results, contact your doctor. If you have further questions regarding the study and its results, appointments are available with our sleep specialist. Our technicians are not authorized to discuss their observations regarding your symptoms. This information must come from your referring physician.