Q: Why do I need a
A: Your physician may suspect you have an untreated
sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can have a devastating impact on
health and quality of life. A sleep study provides the information
your physician needs to make a proper diagnosis and provide effective
Q: What are some of the consequences
of sleep disorders if left untreated?
A: Anxiety, depression, fatigue, memory loss, hypertension,
cardiac disease, stroke, traffic accidents.
Q: What benefit is there to have an
office visit before my study?
A: During your office visit, a sleep doctor will
perform a sleep physical while evaluating you for one of the over
80 sleep disorders that are currently known. Some sleep disorders
may be treated without requiring a sleep study, while others require
a sleep study to determine which disorder you may have and its severity.
This visit not only ensures that we are providing you with the best
possible service, but it is also a requirement for the sleep center
to meet the high standards of accreditation.
Q: When are sleep studies conducted?
A: Overnight studies are conducted in the
evenings with patients arriving at the center between 8-9 p.m. and
generally rising at 6 a.m.
Q: How will I be able to sleep in
a strange environment?
A: We create a home like setting with cozy
private rooms. Diagnostic sensors are non-invasive and allow you
to sleep just as you would at home. Many patients actually report
getting a better nights sleep than they can remember.
Q: What if I can’t fall asleep?
A: “There is no way I can fall asleep with
all this stuff on me!”. The good news is that you do, it just
may take you a little longer then normal. If this is a concern please
voice this to our physician during your appointment.
Q: Can I go to the bathroom during
my sleep study?
A: Definitely! If necessary our technicians
are available to be of assistance.
Q: What should I do or wear the night
of my study?
A: There are a few things we ask all our
patients to do prior to the study:
- Please shower and wash your hair before coming to the sleep
- Please do not put hair spray or oils on your hair.
- Please keep makeup to a minimum.
- Bring pajamas or modest night clothes with you.
- You are welcome to bring your own pillow, snacks and reading
- If you have specific needs please advise us prior to your visit
& if at all possible we will be happy to accommodate you.
Q: What about my medications?
A: Do not discontinue any prescription medication
without speaking to your physician. Inform our physician and staff
about any prescription or over the counter medications you are currently
taking. Some medications can affect sleep and the interpretation
of the study.
Q: Are your services covered by insurance?
A: Most insurance companies as well as Medicare
provide coverage for the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders.
We suggest that you contact your insurance company for your policy`s
specific conditions. We would be happy to help you in this process.
Q: How do I know if I might have Sleep
A: Take this quiz to see if you might have
(Ask your partner, housemate, etc. to help you answer the first
If you answered yes to any question,
speak to your physician. Your symptom(s) may be from sleep apnea
or some other problem. Either way, medical attention is important.