What Can I Expect At A Sleep Study?

How long does a sleep study take?

A: Times can vary according to your personal preference, but usually patients arrive between 8:00pm and 10:00pm and leave between 6:00am and 8:00am, for a total of about nine hours, since most labs prefer to get at least seven hours of sleep study time.

Q: What Happens After the Sleep Study?.

What if I can’t sleep during a sleep study?

If you absolutely can’t sleep during your study, you may be able to take a sleeping pill. This is one of the questions to ask ahead of time. Unless you take a prescription sleep aid regularly, you’ll be able to use a light over the counter medication like melatonin or Benadryl.

What should you not do before a sleep study?

Do not have any caffeine in the afternoon or evening before an overnight sleep study. This includes coffee, tea, cola, and chocolate. Also avoid drinking any alcohol. You do not want any substance to affect your sleep.

Can I go to the bathroom during a sleep study?

Patients needing to use the bathroom during the study need only to notify the technologist. He or she will unhook one or two central connections, which will enable you to get up and walk to the bathroom. Does the test hurt? The test is non-invasive and not painful.

How much does an overnight sleep study cost?

Overnight polysomnograms may cost from $600 to $5,000 (or more) for each night; the average is typically around $1,000 to $2,000 per night. Insurance, including Medicare, may cover the majority of this expense.

Do you have to sleep on your back for a sleep study?

If you have only been sleeping on your side during the study, the technician may come into the room at some point and ask you to try to sleep on your back. If you never sleep on your back or can’t sleep in that position, we will not require it for this study.

Do sleep studies cost money?

There is no real estimate of how much a sleep study could cost. Some sleep disorder clinics could charge as little as $600 while some charge up to $5,000 a night. Because of the varying prices of studies, the amount of money insurance covers also varies.

Can you watch TV during a sleep study?

“Once the patient is in bed, ready for sleep, the wires usually do not interfere with sleep,” says Kline. They can read, relax or even watch television before going to sleep since many sleep centers have TVs in the room.

What do you wear during a sleep study?

Please wear something comfortable such as gym shorts, loose lounge pants and a t-shirt or pajamas. Any personal toiletries and a change of clothes for after the study. Any medications, both prescription and over the counter that you usually take prior bedtime. Technologists are unable to dispense any medications.

Can you drive yourself to a sleep study?

It is recommended that someone else drives you to/from your sleep study. You should not drive yourself if you will be taking any type of sleep aid during the study. You can discuss your pick-up time with the technologist on the night of the study.

What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?

Signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:Excessive daytime sleepiness.Loud snoring.Observed episodes of stopped breathing during sleep.Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking.Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat.Morning headache.Difficulty concentrating during the day.More items…•

How long does a home sleep study take?

Members of the sleep team will score and interpret the information collected through home sleep apnea testing. This may take several days or weeks. The board certified sleep physician will contact you to discuss the results. If the results are unclear, the physician may recommend an in-lab sleep study.