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Sleep Study FAQs

What is a sleep study?

A sleep study is a sophisticated test used to analyze your sleep. This special test requires an overnight stay in the Sleep Lab. If you normally sleep during the day, arrangements will be made to schedule your test accordingly.

How long will the test last?

The study will last from the time you normally go to sleep until approximately 6:00 a.m. the next morning.

How is the test performed?

Special wires and sensors are taped to various locations on the body. While you sleep, information on your brain waves, eye and muscle movements, heart rhythm, and breathing are collected by a computer.  This information is then analyzed and we share the results with your referring physician to formulate our next steps.

Will I be able to sleep?

This is a common question and the answer is usually, “Yes!” Surprisingly, most people sleep very well, sometimes even better than at home. Even if you don't fall asleep immediately or stay asleep for the entire night, you will probably sleep enough for us to collect the necessary data. If you think you will need sleeping pills to fall asleep, talk to the doctor ordering your sleep study. Bring the sleeping pills when you come for your sleep study test. At our Sleep Lab, we cannot provide you with any medications.

What is a MSLT (Multiple Sleep Latency Test)?

Some patients may undergo an additional daytime test following the overnight study, consisting of a series of daytime naps. We will let you know in advance whether this test is necessary.

Can someone stay with me during the test?

Under special circumstances, a family member may stay with you during the test. If this is something you are considering, please discuss with the Sleep Lab staff on your visit when scheduling your test.

Does insurance cover this test?

Most insurance policies cover this test. You are responsible for making sure that any pre-certification or authorization required by your insurance company is completed. Usually the referring physician's office will help you obtain the needed pre-certification.

Where do I call for more information?

We are happy to answer any additional questions at 401-351-2747. We look forward to making your test an enjoyable experience.