Sleep Medicine FAQ

Questions About a Sleep Study?

How is the sleep study performed?

This pain free study will consist of putting electrodes on your head and body to monitor and measure 16 different pieces of information used to evaluate your breathing and sleep. You will not be given anything to help you sleep, as we want your night's sleep to be as normal as possible. During your stay you will have the privacy of your own suite, complete with a private bathroom. The sleep technician will monitor your sleep from a central location outside of your suite.

How long does the study take?

Patients usually are asleep by 10:30-11 p.m. and are woken up between 5-5:30 a.m.

Where are the monitoring wires attached?

Wires are attached to your skull, which relay information as to whether you are actually asleep and what stage of sleep you are in. Wires are also attached to your chin, throat, and chest to help monitor airflow, snoring, and chest movement. EKG electrodes are used to monitor your heart activity and, lastly, a probe on your finger will monitor your oxygen level in your blood.

When will I have my results?

Your referring physician has designated a board-certified sleep specialist to review the results of your sleep study and complete a professional diagnosis. These results will be sent to your ordering physician within a few days. It may be necessary to come in for a consultation with a sleep medicine physician prior to or following your sleep study. A second study may be ordered to evaluate the effectiveness of a therapeutic device (CPAP).

What if my test is abnormal?

If you have an abnormal diagnostic test, you are brought back for a "CPAP titration.” You will be fitted with a mask that will help to eliminate your apnea. The mask eliminates the problems associated with not breathing or shallow breathing. Since every patient is different, all require various "optimum" pressures to keep their airways open. We adjust the pressure from the control room, while watching you sleep, to find the correct pressure. Other devices are available if patients cannot use a mask.