About Your Appointment

What to expect when you stay at the Sleep Center:

Testing in a sleep clinic entails spending a night in a private room during a nighttime sleep study. This is one of the most effective ways to find out if you have sleep apnea or one of the 83 other defined sleep disorders that affect more than 40 million Americans. We offer consultation offices, as well as state-of-the-art bedroom laboratories. The rooms are designed to be quiet and relaxing. Making you comfortable helps to minimize the normal stress that many patients experience before undergoing medical testing. It is painless and risk-free.

The Sleep Study, or Polysomnogram, is a test that monitors several body functions throughout the night. Data is collected using sensors that check your heart, lungs, brain, muscle movements, air flow from your nose and mouth, and your blood’s oxygen level. A technician monitors any snoring, talking, or other movements during the night.

Upon your arrival at the Sleep Center, you will be shown to your private room. You will be asked to change into your night clothing (such as a pair of shorts and a T-shirt). The technologist will then apply the electrodes, which will record your brain waves and muscle tone throughout the night. The monitoring equipment records brain waves, muscle tone, rapid eye movement (REM), air-intake, and periodic limb movements. A microphone is attached to your neck to record snoring. There are two belt-like straps placed around the chest and lower abdomen to monitor chest and abdomen expansion and contraction. Despite all of the equipment, most people feel it does not disrupt their normal sleep.

After settling into bed, the technologist will go to a control room and communicate to you by intercom. You will be asked to perform certain tasks that will show that everything is recording properly. Observation of your sleep will be monitored on a closed circuit T.V. during the night, which enables the technologist to note your body position during sleep.

Once everything is working properly, the lights are turned off and you can go to sleep. Many patients are so chronically tired that they have no problem falling asleep. While you are sleeping, your brain waves will be recorded to determine when you are awake or in sleep stages. Since the electrodes are applied with a water-soluble glue and paste, you may want to bring a comb for your hair to help remove the glue or a cap/hat to wear home.

What happens to the data gathered during the Sleep Study?

Data recorded during the night is gathered by the polysomnographer, scored and summarized, and then interpreted by our sleep doctor. Your physician will review the results and make appropriate recommendations. The results of your test will be sent to the physicians you request to receive a copy. If further treatment or diagnosis is needed you will be contacted by us.