About Sleep Studies

A simple overnight visit for a sleep study can uncover potentially dangerous sleep disorders – and can lead to treatment that could change your life.

A sleep study is conducted overnight at a hospital. You arrive in early evening and will be settled in a private room, where you can read or watch television until you are ready to fall asleep. We routinely schedule these studies based on a persons normal sleep hours. When required by insurance, home sleep apnea testing is also available.

Although a sleep study is high-tech, it is painless and comfortable. You’ll have several small electrodes attached to your head, chest, and legs, and a soft belt will go around your abdomen and chest. This equipment is linked to a separate room where a technician stays.

Throughout the night, the electrodes measure your body’s sleep patterns through:

  • Brain wave activity
  • Breathing
  • Heart rhythm
  • Eye movements
  • Chest and stomach movements
  • Leg movements
  • Pulse oximetry, which measures the level of oxygen in your blood
  • Chin muscle tone

In the morning, you go home or go to work, and the information collected is analyzed.

Authorized sleep studies are medical procedures and are routinely covered by insurance companies, including Medicare. In order to have a sleep study, you must be referred by a physician.