How should I prepare for my study?
What will happen when I arrive at the sleep center?
What if I need to go to the bathroom during the night?
All you need to do is say out loud that you need to go to the bathroom. Your sleep technician all will hear you through the in-room microphone and will come in to unplug the wires that are attached to you. You will then be free to get out of bed and use the private restroom attached to your bedroom. Most patients have to get up at least once during the night.
What happens after my study?
Once enough data is collected, usually around 5:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m., your sleep technician will wake you up and remove the equipment so that you may take a shower and get ready for the day before leaving. Light breakfast refreshments will be provided. The collected data will be analyzed by a Merit polysomnographer and then sent to one of our physicians, specially trained in sleep medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. The results will be forwarded to your physician for further review. Within approximately 2-3 weeks, your physician will discuss the results, treatment options (if required) or whether a follow-up appointment is needed.
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study, also called a polysomnogram, is a painless, non-invasive test that records your physical state during various stages of sleep. It provides essential data to evaluate sleep and sleep-related complaints and problems, such as identifying sleep stages, body position, blood oxygen levels, respiratory events, muscle tone, heart rate, eye movement, brain waves, amount of snoring and general sleep behavior.
If you are being tested for sleep apnea , you may undergo 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 determine the best way to treat the problem. Or you may be asked to return for another sleep study to help us determine the best treatment for you.
Sleep studies are performed at any one of our accredited Merit Centers for Sleep Health. Each patient has his or her own “suite” that is much like a hotel room with a private bathroom, queen-size bed and flat screen TV. Computerized monitoring equipment is kept in a separate room to ensure all patients privacy and comfort.
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