Healthcare Services and Programs

Patients participating in a sleep study are asked to arrive at the Sleep Diagnostic Center by 8 p.m. and are encouraged to bring their own pajamas and pillow. While there are televisions in each room, patients may also bring a book or magazine to read.

Upon arrival, the patient meets with a sleep technician who explains the sleep study procedure and prepares the patient for the sleep study by attaching monitoring equipment to the head, legs, chest, abdomen and under the nose. These electrodes monitor brain wave and muscle activity, heart rate and eye movements during sleep.

Patients should experience no pain or discomfort during or after the sleep study, or from the special glue used to attach the electrodes. Sleeping securely in a private room, patients are carefully monitored throughout the night with special medical equipment and video cameras. A sleep technician is always close by to answer questions or provide needed assistance during.

Once the sleep study is completed the next morning (usually 6 a.m.), the patient is awakened by the sleep technician, who removes the electrodes and monitors. The patient is then free to shower and leave for work or home.

Sleep study results are compiled and provided to the sleep center physician for evaluation. At the patient's follow-up visit, these results are reviewed with the patient and treatment options are discussed. Results and treatment options are also forwarded to the patient's physician for follow up and treatment.