How long will my study last?
Ideally, we try to capture approximately six hours of sleep to assure a sufficient amount of data for analysis by the sleep disorders physicians.
Am I in a room by myself?
You have your own private bedroom that has contains a queen size bed. A technician, in a separate control room, will be monitoring your sleep throughout the night.
Can a family member or friend stay with me during the study?
This is a medical procedure so it is not recommended that a family member/friend stay with you the entire night, unless there are special circumstances/needs. However, you may have someone stay with you during the set-up process, if that would help you feel more comfortable. The set-up takes about an hour. If the patient is a minor; a parent is welcome to stay the night with their child.
What should I wear to sleep in?
Most patients choose to sleep in a Tee shirt and pajama bottoms, or shorts. Silky nightwear is not recommended because there can be too much static electricity buildup with silk. We require patients to have a top and bottom to sleep in.
What do I need to bring to my study?
You should bring items that will make you feel more comfortable such as favorite pillow or blanket. Two piece pajamas or tee shirt and shorts to sleep in. Any medications you need to take before bed, during the night, or first thing in the morning. If you need to take medications before bed or during the night, please let you technician know. We do have bottled water and snacks.
I usually take medication just before bedtime - should I avoid taking it on the night of my study?
Unless your physician has specifically instructed you otherwise, you should continue to take your normal medications before bedtime. Please do list your medications on the pre-sleep questionnaire that the technologist gives you.
How will I sleep with all of the equipment attached to me? Won't it be uncomfortable?
Your freedom of movement throughout the night will be largely unrestricted. As long as you are mindful of the sensors and move with care, there is no reason why you can’t sleep in the position you find most comfortable. The technologist may ask you to roll to your side or on your back at some point, so that your sleep may be studied in all positions. Most of our patients experience either a minor change or improvement in their sleep quality.
What if I need to get up to go to the washroom?
The technologist recording your sleep study will be in the lab area throughout the night. A camera will monitor you and your voice will be audible via an intercom system for the duration of your study. Simply call the technologist, who will assist you in getting up and walking to the washroom. If you prefer not to walk to the washroom, urinals are always available. Let us know if you prefer a commode.
Will my insurance pay for a sleep study?
We accept most insurance. Texas Sleep Clinic attempts to verify insurance and obtain prior authorizations prior to your scheduled sleep study. If you have questions, check with your insurance company to make sure that a sleep study is covered under your plan and what benefits apply. It is important that you know what your deductible, co-insurance, and out of network benefits are if they apply to your plan. Ultimately insurance coverage is your responsibility; however we can assist you with questions.
Will the technologist be able to give me my results in the morning?
No. The technologist’s job is to record the most accurate information possible and to make you feel comfortable throughout the night. The overnight part of the study is really just the beginning. Following the study, a thorough analysis and interpretation will be made by a qualified sleep disorders physician, along with recommendations for future therapy, if indicated. The results of your sleep study will be sent to your referring physician within 5-7 working days after your study.
Why can’t my night technician tell me about my study?
They are not qualified to make detailed comments on your study. Our policy here at Texas Sleep Clinic requires that the sleep disorders specialist review all studies. The sleep study and its analysis and interpretation are part of a complex process. Many hours of work are required by specially trained professionals in order to fully understand the significant amount of data gathered from you during the night. Your sleep technologist will begin to process or “score” the large amount of data recorded during the night. A sleep specialist with special knowledge of sleep and its disorders then interprets the information to come up with a final diagnosis.
Who can I contact if I have additional questions or concerns regarding my sleep study?
Please contact our office staff and chief technologist that are available between 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday at (405)606-2727 to answer all your questions.