Find out what to expect during your sleep test at our sleep disorder centers.
Before you take a sleep test, you may meet with a physician or sleep specialist, who will go over your medical and sleep history. You may participate in a "split-night" test, in which half the night will be used to diagnose your sleep problem, and the other half will be used to treat the problem. This is sometimes done with patients who in the process of testing have been found to have more severe sleep apnea.
Our sleep disorder centers are set up to feel as much like home as possible. Graymark Healthcare facilities include luxury queen-sized beds with 300 thread count sheets and pillow top mattresses. Each sleep disorder study room also has a remote controlled TV with cable, and some have a DVD player or VCR so that you can relax before going to sleep.
After you arrive at one of our sleep disorder centers, you may be asked to complete a pre-study questionnaire. You’ll watch a video or be presented with information about the sleep study and then change into nightclothes so the sleep testing can begin. Some of the above may be completed during a clinic visit if you were seen in one of our physician clinics.
After you change, a polysomnography technologist will connect you to the electrodes and sensors that will record the many parameters that are used to determine if a sleep disorder is present.. Most people adjust well to having the sensors in place for sleep testing.
Once you settle into bed, your sleep health technologist will go to a monitoring room and ask you over an intercom to perform certain tasks that will show the electrodes and sensors are recording properly. You will be observed on a video monitor during the night to allow the technologist to note your body movements and positions during sleep as well as correlate the video findings with the information coming from the electrodes and sensors.
When everything is working properly, the lights will be turned off and you can go to sleep. Many patients are so chronically tired that they have no problem falling asleep. Some patients may experience some change in sleep pattern or ability to get to sleep in a sleep center, but this rarely affects testing accuracy.
Once the sleep study is complete, your results will help determine treatment
You will be awakened in the morning and the electrodes and sensors will be removed, which isn’t painful since they are applied with water-soluble pastes or tapes designed for sleep test applications. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire concerning your sleep the previous night, and then you can go home.
Based on the results of your sleep disorder study, you may be given treatment for a specific sleep disorder. Patients with sleep apnea may be prescribed a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, a device that gently blows air into your nasal passages to keep the airway open while you are asleep.