Visiting the Sleep Lab
What to Expect
The Metro Health Sleep Lab uses cutting-edge monitoring equipment to help you improve your sleep. In addition, they provide consultations and sleep studies in a timely manner, as well as a thorough follow-up program to ensure treatment success. Sleep studies are available Sunday through Friday for night-time testing. Day-time and in-home testing is also available upon request.
Preparing for Your Sleep Study
- You may not have any caffeine, alcohol or take a nap for 12 hours prior to your test.
- If you’re spending the night, bring something comfortable to sleep in. Pajamas, shorts, sweatpants and t-shirts are all acceptable options.
- Please bring any medications that you must or may need to take. We DO NOT provide any medications.
- You may bring your own pillow.
- Upon finishing your test, you may choose to get ready for your day in your own private room. Shampoo, soap and towels are available for your use.
- Before arriving, please fill out this questionnaire and bring it with you.
When You Arrive
The Metro Health Sleep Disorders Center is located on the lower level of the HealthPark building. Because you’ll be arriving after hours, you’ll need to ring a doorbell to gain access to the Sleep Disorders Center. The bell is located on the pillar in front of the right-hand set of doors as you face the main entrance. The doorbell is marked “Sleep Lab Call Box.”
Once you’re inside, take the elevator or stairs down to the testing area on the lower level. A technician will meet you to assist in registration. You’ll then be escorted to your private accommodations for the night. The rooms are hotel- style with a private bathroom and shower.
A technologist will gather some information from you, explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. You’ll also watch an educational video to learn more about the sleep study process.
Approximately 20 electrodes will be placed on you for monitoring during the test. The electrodes will be tied together and taped to the back of your sleepwear so that they’re out of your way.
While you’re sleeping, the technologist will record the number of times you stop breathing (apnea), breath shallow enough for it to be ineffective (hypopnea) and/or the extent to which your oxygen level drops. The doctor’s orders will give the technologist specific instructions on the number of respiratory events to look for. The results will determine if you’ll receive treatment during your test.
One mode of therapy commonly used to treat sleep apnea is Positive Airway Pressure (PAP). This treatment provides air pressure through a mask to support your airway. The technologist will allow you to try a mask prior to your falling asleep. There are three different styles:
- Full-Face Mask
- Nasal Mask
- Nasal Pillow Mask
After Your Study
Your test will be read by a board-certified sleep physician. Please call the physician’s office that ordered your sleep study in 7 to 10 days. You’ll learn,
- If you need to schedule a follow-up appointment
- If you need additional testing
- If you’ll be referred back to your physician for results
- If you need to start Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy.