Why Should I Undergo a Sleep Test?

A sleep study is the gold standard test for diagnosing certain sleep disorders. It is a painless test which requires sleeping at our facility for one or more nights, monitoring multiple brainwaves, breathing, heart rhythm, blood oxygen levels, muscle activity, and eye movements during sleep. All readings are monitored by a trained technologist. The information compiled is put together with a personal clinical history in order to make a definitive diagnosis of various sleep disorders.

Is There Any Pain Involved in Sleep Testing?

The sleep study is a painless test that involves recording vital data about the body while the person is asleep. The only discomfort would be that caused by tapes and adhesive patches used to attach wires to the body.

Will I Be Able to Sleep and Move About with These Wires?

Absolutely. You are able to move about, change sides, go to the bathroom, and even get up and walk if you need. The sleep technicians are constantly monitoring all the data and will come to your assistance if you need any help.

I Have Problems Sleeping in New Surroundings. What Will Happen If I Am Unable to Sleep During the Study?

Do not worry at all. This is the very reason we choose to replicate a home atmosphere. Most people will be able to sleep, despite initial apprehension. Because of the nature of the testing, sometimes as little as three hours of sleep is enough to make a diagnosis of a sleep disorder.

I Do Not Have a Normal Wake and Sleep Schedule. Will That Interfere with the Test?

The staff at Advanced Center for Sleep Disorders will do their very best to accommodate your normal sleep schedule.

Can I Go to Work the Next Morning After the Sleep Study?

Absolutely. You should, under most circumstances, easily be able to have a normal working day after spending the previous night in the sleep lab.

My Job Involves Shift Work. Can I Still Undergo the Testing?

Yes. At the Advanced Center for Sleep Disorders, we will do everything possible to accommodate your natural sleep schedule.

Will My Insurance Cover Sleep Disorders?

Most insurance plans do cover sleep studies. The first step is an office visit with one of our health care providers specializing in sleep who will take a history and determine if you need a study. Not all sleep disorders require a study. Your insurance company can then be contacted to determine coverage and deductibles for the sleep test.

What do I need to bring for a sleep test?

  • Whatever you normally wear at night, including bathrobe and slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Any medications that you take regularly
  • If you need special bed clothes (like mattress or pillow, for example) to sleep well, please bring them
  • The morning you come to the center, wash your hair using whatever hair care products you normally use, but do not use hair oil or cream on the day of the study
  • If you are already using a CPAP machine please bring it along with your medical records
  • You may have dinner at home before coming to the center, or you can bring your dinner with you