Sleep Study: What to Expect
Sleep disorders can be very frustrating, not to mention hazardous to your health. Throughout Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, our experienced sleep medicine specialists can treat all types of sleep disorders to help you sleep and stay well.
Step 1: Talk to your provider
Your primary care provider or a sleep specialist will evaluate your medical history and sleep symptoms, and may even talk to your sleep partner about problems during your sleep. Your provider can refer you to our sleep disorders centers for further evaluation. If you do not have a provider, contact a sleep center near you.
Step 2: Give the sleep center details for evaluation
Before your study, we will have you complete a comprehensive questionnaire about your general health, medications and sleeping habits. Our staff uses this information to evaluate your symptoms.
Step 3: Schedule and undergo a sleep study
If our staff and your physician believe that your symptoms indicate a possible sleep disorder, we’ll schedule you for a sleep study.
During your sleep study
Depending on your symptoms, your health insurance and other factors, we may recommend that you do a home sleep study first. A home study may identify or rule out sleep apnea, which helps us determine your next steps.
During an in-center study, you’ll spend 10 to 18 hours in a quiet room-much like a bedroom- with a comfortable bed. Our registered sleep technologists attach sensors, wires, electrodes and belts to your body, a painless process. The instruments collect data about your breathing, brain waves and body movements while you sleep.
You may be fitted with a mask if you’re treated with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device, which may help you breathe easier and sleep better.
After the sleep study: Diagnosis and treatment
Our sleep specialists, physicians with advanced study in pulmonology, neurology and/or sleep medicine, will analyze the data from your study to find the cause of your sleep problems. Then, your sleep specialist will recommend general health measures and specific treatments for your sleep disorder. Your quality of life and even other health conditions can improve dramatically when you start appropriate treatment.
For those diagnosed with sleep apnea, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is considered to be the gold standard for treatment. We offer a variety of styles and sizes to find you an easy, comfortable fit.
In addition to CPAP and apnea appliances, sleep disorders have a variety of treatments, from medications, lifestyle adjustments and sometimes surgery. Additionally, other products are available in the marketplace.
Depending upon your diagnosis, our team will work with you to determine which options are best for your condition. The most important thing is that your sleep disorder is accurately diagnosed and is being appropriately treated so that you reduce your health risks and are as healthy as possible.
Contact us for a sleep study
For more information or to make an appointment, contact the sleep center nearest you.