Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 1. What is a sleep study?

    A sleep study is a test that is used to diagnose sleep disorders. There are different types of studies designed for specific sleep disorders. Most studies occur overnight, but some also can take place during daylight hours.

  2. 2. What should I expect once I arrive to the sleep lab?

    Once you arrive to the lab, the technician will be there to greet you and take you to your room. There, you will be shown around and asked to change into your sleep attire. When you are ready, and with your consent, the technician will enter your room to apply sensors and electrodes necessary for the the test.  This process will take up to 30 minutes.  Sensors will be applied to your legs, face, and scalp and flexible belts will be placed around your chest and abdomen to accurately measure your respiratory effort.  Our rooms are completey private, sound proof, and contain a full bathroom for your convenience.  You will be monitored and videotaped only whilie in bed and only when the study starts.

  3. 3. Where do I park?

    Parking is free in the building’s garage, but do not park in the assigned spaces inside the garage.  You may be towed.  Likewise do not park in the spaces outside the building as you may also be towed.

  4. 4. How do I enter the building and the Sleep Center?

    Use the phone on the outside door to call the security service to gain access to building. In some cases the techs will greet you at the door. Take the elevator to the (T) terrace level and use the intercom on the wall next to the outside door.

  5. 5. What kind of clothing should I bring?

    Make sure to bring comfortable clothing that you will sleep in for the night.  Remember to keep it modest because the technician will be in your room applying electrodes to you.

  6. 6. If I wear a hairpiece/wig, will this be a problem?

    Please remember not to wear any hairpieces or wigs.  An essential part of the sleep study involves the placement of electrodes on your scalp and body.  The technician must have easy access to place these electrodes.

  7. 7. Can I put lotion on?

    No, do not use body lotion, body oil or makeup before your sleep study.  An essential part of the sleep study involves the placement of electrodes on your scalp and body. Clean, dry skin and scalp will help ensure we obtain an optimum sleep study.

  8. 8. Can I bring a book to read?

    Yes, you can bring a book to read.  

  9. 9. Can I take a shower in the morning?

    Yes, your room has a private bathroom with a shower. In fact, you should plan on showering to remove the electrode paste left in your hair.  Towels, shampoo, and soap will be provided if you choose to take a shower, hair-dryers are also provided.

  10. 10. I’d like to bring my laptop, is there access to Wi-Fi? And what if I need to make call out?

    Yes, Wi-Fi access and a cordless phone for urgent calls are available.

  11. 11. Where do I go to receive my CPAP machine and supplies?

    After your CPAP titration your physician will order you a CPAP machine and mask.  The order will be forwarded to a medical supply company who specializes in CPAP equipment and this company should work with your insurance company on payment coverage issues.

  12. 12. How long will the sleep study take?

    The hookup process will start in the evening, beginning anywhere between 9:30-10:30 pm and you will be leaving the next morning between 6-7am.

  13. 13. What are some symptoms associated with sleep apnea?

    Loud snoring, choking and gasping during sleep, witnessed apneas, non-restorative sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, and inability to concentrate are just some of the symptoms that are associated with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

  14. 14. Can I take my normal medications before I go to sleep?

    You may take your normal medications before you go to sleep. We ask that you wait until all of the sensors have been applied prior to taking yor medications.