Frequently asked questions

What is a sleep study?

You will sleep in a comfortable, private room with the look and feel of a quality hotel room.  While sleeping, specialized equipment monitors your brain waves, breathing patterns, heart activity and muscle movements throughout the night.  These recording are continually monitored by registered sleep technologists who are available to attend to your needs at all times.

What will happen after I arrive?

Shortly after you arrive, you will be asked to change into your nightclothes.  The technologist will then explain certain procedures to you and apply electrodes to your face, head, chest and legs. The electrodes are attached with paste and tape.  There are approximately 20 electrodes to be applied and it takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete this process.

The electrodes simply record the electrical activity already present in your body: they do not generate any electrical current of their own.  You may feel a little strange with electrodes and wires attached to your face and head, but the procedure is entirely painless.

After your hook-up is completed, you may relax in your private room until about 10:30 pm.

What happens at bedtime?

At about 10:00 to 10:30 pm, the technologist will apply a few additional recording devices.  Bedtime will be around 11 pm.  There will be a technologist in the monitoring room all night.  If you need anything during the night, all you need to do is speak, and the technologist will hear you through the intercom.
When will the final results of my sleep study be shared with me?

After you leave the Sleep Center, the process of scoring and analyzing your sleep study begins.  This is a very time-consuming process, which takes several days to complete.  When this data is available, your sleep physician will review all of the findings and generate a final diagnosis and treatment plan for you.  All information is then placed into a final report and sent to the referring physician. 

What about insurance coverage?

Evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders are accepted medical procedures covered by most insurances and Medicare.  We will work with you and your insurance company to confirm your eligibility for a sleep study.

How do I make an appointment?

Sleep studies must be ordered by a physician.  If you do not have a primary care physician or you would like information regarding a local sleep specialist, call St. Rita’s Sleep Disorders Center at 419-226-9397.