Frequently Asked Questions

Have a Question? Ask the Sleep Center Staff, or check below for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

When will I be finished?

Generally, our patients are ready to leave the Sleep Center between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. Special arrangements can be made if you need to leave earlier. Please inform the Sleep Center scheduler of any special requirements when making your appointment.

What should I wear?

The staff recommends that all patients wear a loose fitting outfit. Shorts and a T-Shirt have proven to be the most comfortable. Satin, silk, or other slippery materials should not be worn as these may cause sensors to move out of position.

What should I bring along?

Patients are asked to bring along all necessary paperwork including referrals and insurance cards. Patients are also free to bring their own pillows. Patients are encouraged to bring their own toiletry items such as toothbrushes, soaps and shampoos if they will be departing for work directly from the Sleep Center.

Will there be someone with me all night?

Yes, a sleep lab technologist will be monitoring and observing the study the entire time you are in the Sleep Center. The technologist will be monitoring you both through video and audio devices and will respond to any calls for assistance (such as using the restroom, etc.) The same technologist that greets you in the evening will be with you for the entire study.

Does having a sleep study hurt?

No, all the electrodes and sensors we apply to our patients are applied with tape, paste, or are self-adhesive. There are no needles or other invasive procedures required.

How can I sleep with all of those wires attached to me?

This is a common question that almost all of our patients ask us. It has been our experience that the vast majority of our patients take only a slightly longer time falling asleep. We do our best to insure that your night at the Sleep Center is closer to a night at a hotel rather than a hospital!

What if I need to use the restroom after I am hooked up and asleep?

Going to the restroom is not a problem during the study. Simply alert your technologist of your need and he or she will unhook the “headbox (a box that all the wires plug into)” and you can use the restroom without further hindrance.

When will I get the results?

After your study is scored by one of the staff technologists, a statement of preliminary results will be faxed to your physician. The final results of your sleep study will be sent to your physician in about 7-10 days.

Can the temperature be adjusted?

Yes, each sleep room has an independent thermostat. Extra blankets and fans are on hand to make your stay in the Sleep Center as comfortable as possible.

What if I am diabetic and need to store insulin or test my blood glucose level?

The Sleep Center has its own refrigerator to store your insulin. Also, testing your blood glucose is no problem, we just ask that you bring your own meter and supplies. In case of emergencies, the sleep lab keeps orange juice on hand at all times.

My child is having a sleep study, may I stay as well?

Yes, a parent may accompany a minor child in the Sleep Center. If you wish to stay, please inform the sleep study scheduler when you make your appointment. We will do the best we can to accommodate your request.

Why must I bathe and wash my hair before the study?

We will be applying numerous electrodes to the scalp as well as other parts of your body including your chest and legs. In order to ensure high quality signals from our equipment, the skin needs to be free from dirt and surface oils. Having high-quality signals allows us to perform a high-quality study and lessens set-up time allowing you to go to sleep faster.

Is breakfast provided?

No, breakfast is not served in the Sleep Center. Orange juice, coffee, and water are available for you after your study. You may bring a morning snack with you if you desire.

Why must I park at the Emergency entrance?

The main entrance to the Hospital closes at 8 p.m. The only open door when you arrive is the emergency department. A member of the Safety/Security staff will escort you to patient registration and then to the Sleep Center. Your technologist will help you to the emergency department in the morning.

Why did my physician order a consult with this provider?

Your physician rquested an appointment with Dr. Ader, Dr. Bishay or Lauren Penrose to review the results of your study and take any necessary therapeutic steps if indicated.

How important is sleep?

Sleep is very important to a person’s health and well-being. Sleeping well is the first step to living well. More studies show sleep is as important as food and water. The body needs restorative rest. The emotional ability to function is greatly impacted by disrupted sleep.

Is lack of sleep serious?

Not getting enough sleep results in sleepiness. This sleepiness can occur at inappropriate times such as driving, watching TV and reading. Serious accidents have occurred during times of extreme sleepiness. These include the TMI nuclear accident and the Exxon Valdez Oil spill.

What could be causing interrupted sleep?

There are many reasons, some of which include some of the 82 sleep disorders. The most common sleep disorder is sleep apnea. There are many factors that can influence sleep problems, such as medical illness, stress and other psychological problems.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes breathing to become shallow or to stop. There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send appropriate signals to the breathing muscles that initiate respirations. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the air cannot flow into or out of the person’s nose or mouth, although efforts to breathe continues. The main symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. Another symptom is gasping or choking sensations. Early recognition and treatment of sleep apnea is important and because it can be linked to heart disease, high blood pressure heart attack, type 2 diabetes, stroke and GERD.

What is the test that is done for sleep apnea?

The test done for sleep apnea is called a polysomnography. It is a procedure to record a series of body functions that occur while you sleep. This recording assists the doctor in the determination of the presence and severity of your sleep and what happens when you do sleep.

How is the recording made?

Electrodes will be attached to your scalp, face, chest and legs. A record will be made of your brain waves, eye movements, breathing, snoring, heart rate, oxygen saturation and any unusual leg movements as you sleep.

Can I call and schedule the sleep study myself or do I need a doctor’s order?

If a sleep study needs to be performed, you need to go to your family physician and he/she needs to write an order to have this done. His/her office will contact the sleep center, and then the test will be scheduled.

How long does the test take?

If you are scheduled for a polysomnography, you will be here for the entire night. An MSLT (Multiple Sleep Latency Test) or MWT (Maintenance of Wakefulness Test) will take approximately six hours.

What about medications?

Please bring along your medication that you take at bedtime or that you may need to take during the night. If you need to take any medications on an as needed basis, please bring them along too.

Will my insurance pay for the test?

Each insurance company is different and has different policies. Each policy covers a different amount, so it is important to check with you particular policy. Sometimes it is necessary for you to have a referral from the insurance company. Most of the time your ordering physician will be able to take care of this. If you have any questions, please call your insurance company.

Is the sleep clinic visit really necessary?

When your sleep study is scheduled, you will also have a sleep clinic visit scheduled. At this appointment, which will occur at our Lung & Sleep Center at the Hillside Medical Center, the procedure will be explained to you and a sleep evaluation will be done on your specific needs. These might include whether you use a wheelchair or if you may need to leave at a certain time in the morning. Your paperwork will be evaluated and you will have an opportunity to see what will be happening during your test. We have found that this free visit helps address any questions or concerns prior to the study.

If I need CPAP treatment, does the sleep center set this up?

During your sleep study the technician will evaluate the number of times that you stop breathing during the first three hours of the test. If you meet the criteria, CPAP will be started and used the rest of the night. However, sometimes this cannot be done all in one night. You may be asked to come back to the sleep lab for another test for the treatment. After the study, your doctor will receive the interpretation and will contact a homecare company from the area to come to your house ask questions. This appointment is very important to help you know exactly and set-up the CPAP machine, mask, and answer any questions you may have.