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Sleep Study FAQ

December 28, 2016 | Sleep Medicine

Sleep Study FAQ

Q. What is a polysomnogram?

  1. A polysomnogram is a test that measures bodily functions during sleep. Each test will vary depending on the individual case.

Q. What kinds of things do polysomnograms measure?

  • Depending on your circumstance, some measurements may include brain waves, heart beats, eye movements, muscle tension, leg movements, breathing, blood oxygen levels, snoring and body positions.

Q. What should I bring to my appointment?

  1. Bring your usual nighttime attire (we recommend top and bottom pajamas more so than nightgowns), something to read or work on before it’s time to go to sleep, personal toiletry items, change of clothes, any needed medications and insurance information.

Q. Will pillows, blankets, etc. be provided?

  1. Yes, however you are more than welcome to bring your own pillow or blanket if they will make you more comfortable.

Q. What should I expect when I arrive?

  1. Make sure to arrive on time to your appointment so you’ll have time to unwind before the technician prepares you for your study. Once you’ve changed into your nighttime attire, your technician will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. It’s important to know that the study is simple and painless.

Q. What is the testing process like?

  1. During the setup, monitoring sensors are applied with an adhesive paste and are easily removed in the morning. Your technician will place electrodes on your head, neck, face, chest and legs. Setup for the test lasts about 30 minutes. You are then able to read or watch TV until you are ready to sleep or until lights out time arrives.

Q. Will I be able to sleep with all those wires?

  1. Although there are numerous wires attached to you, you are free to sleep in the position of your choice during the night. Most people adjust to the equipment quickly and some even say they slept better than they do at home.

Q. How should I prepare for the sleep study during the day?

  1. Go about your normal daytime routine. Eat and drink like you regularly would and take your normal medications unless specified otherwise. Avoid naps during the day of your study and caffeine after 4 p.m. Shower before you arrive and avoid using or applying any facial moisturizers, makeup or hairspray.

Q. How long is the sleep study?

  1. The sleep study lasts for 6.5-8 hours.

Q. Do I have to go to sleep right after the equipment is attached?

  1. Because lights are turned out in your bedroom generally between 10:30 and 11:00 p.m., you will have time to relax and unwind.

Q. Is this test covered by insurance?

  1. For most patients, a percentage of the test is covered by their insurance policies. To find an exact percentage, please contact your insurance for benefit information. We will preauthorize studies, when necessary, and let you know if there are any problems. If you have any questions please call 801.227.7378.


Sleep Disorders Center

Every year, millions of Americans experience fatigue, irritability, depression, difficulty concentrating, loss of short-term memory, loss of productivity and car or workplace accidents — all due to sleep disorders. Such symptoms can affect your job, marriage, health and your quality of life. Yet, many people do not seek professional help because they do not realize that it is available. If left untreated, some sleep disorders may increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke. Some conditions may be fatal.

What Sets Our Sleep Center Apart

Revere Health Sleep Disorders Center helps individuals return to a normal, productive lifestyle through diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. The Center is under the direction of Dr. John K. Staheli. Dr. Staheli is certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The Provo Center is accredited by the AASM. Centers accredited by the AASM must meet certain standards, setting them apart from other sleep centers. Along with the healthcare component, the facility was evaluated for privacy, comfort and security of patients. Fees, billing practices and medical guidelines were reviewed for compliance with both federal and state regulations.

We have a team of experienced, knowledgeable professionals who will work with you to evaluate your situation and seek the proper treatment so you can return to a normal, healthy lifestyle.

Sleep Disorders Center of Revere Health helps patients live a healthy lifestyle through the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.



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