Sleep Care: Sleep Study
Wayne HealthCare Sleep Studies
By Tom Hoffmann
Sleep Study Technician
A sleep study is a medical test performed while you sleep at night. This test is used to evaluate and diagnose a sleep disorder. Sleep Studies are safe and noninvasive procedures that provide valuable information to your physician.
Sleep studies are a covered benefit under most insurance plans. Our staff will contact your insurance company and arrange payment.
Sleep studies are done on an outpatient basis, so you will not be admitted to the hospital. You will have a private room with a television. The night will begin with some paperwork and health questionnaires that aid in your diagnosis and treatment. After the paperwork is completed, you will be asked to change into your sleep attire. Before the sleep study begins, the Sleep Technician will apply several monitors to your body that record information while you sleep.
The setup includes nine electrodes that will be glued to your scalp. These electrodes record brain waves and show when you are awake and sleep. You do not need to cut or shave your hair for this procedure. The glue is dissolved with water and is easy to clean out in the morning. Also, you will have four electrodes taped to your chin and the temple area to record chin and eye movements.
There will also be a breathing sensor taped to the area between the nose and upper lip to monitor your breathing. This sensor does not block your airways so you will be able to breathe normally. Since we monitor your heart throughout the night, we attach adhesive electrodes to your shoulders and one to the side of your chest.
Two electrodes are taped to each leg to record all leg movements. Also, you will have a cloth belt placed around your chest and abdomen to monitor your breathing. These belts are not restrictive and fit over your clothing. Finally, a band-aid type probe is wrapped around a finger to record the amount of oxygen in your blood. This setup is painless and you may watch television or read during the procedure.
Before the sleep study begins, the Sleep Technician will provide you with information regarding common sleep disorders and treatments. A common treatment that may be used during your visit is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (OPAP). The Sleep Technician will introduce you to this equipment and answer all your questions.
The sleep study will begin around 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm. and will last until 5:30 am to 7:00 am. During the sleep study, the door to your room will be closed and the lights and television turned off. We do not allow cellular phones or pagers as this might disrupt your sleep. Your room is monitored with a video camera and a telecom to allow communication between yourself and the Technician. Although you have many electrodes attached to your body, you will be able to get out of bed and use the restroom or get a drink.
Once the sleep study ends, the Technician will disconnect all the wires and you will be given the opportunity to take a shower. The results of your sleep study will be available during your follow up visit with your physician.
A sleep study can now be conducted at Wayne HealthCare. Simply call 937.547.5665 for more information.