- Freguently Asked Questions
What is a sleep study?
For most patients, a sleep study is a key diagnostic component of a sleep disorder
evaluation. A sleep study is a non-invasive, painless evaluation of your sleep. A sleep study, also called a polysomnogram (PSG), measures your brain wave activity, eye movements, muscle contractions, heart activity, breathing and blood oxygenation during sleep. The information we collect during your study is reviewed and analyzed by our sleep specialists.
Do I need a referral for a sleep study?
Yes. Generally you can call your doctor and ask him/her to fax us a referral; however, we
are also available for evaluations and referrals in house. Our referral form can be found on our ‘patient forms’ page.
What are some of the consequences of sleep disorders if left untreated?
Decreased quality of life
High blood pressure
Impaired concentration or memory loss
Increased risk of heart attack or stroke
Increase risk of motor vehicle accidents
When should I visit a sleep specialist?
It’s time to see a doctor specially trained in sleep disorders when you have trouble sleeping, if you are tired during the day for unknown reasons, or if you answered yes to any of the questions on our ‘take a test’ page. If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, it is important to have the cause evaluated in a sleep lab. You and your primary care physician should not assume that you have “insomnia”. Recent studies show that a high percentage (30-50%) of people diagnosed with insomnia actually have another sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea. Also, it is very important to have your nocturnal breathing pattern evaluated before starting sleeping agents, because they may depress your respiratory drive.
What should I do if I think I need a study?
If you think you may have a sleeping disorder, call us at our main office (907) 743-0050, and we will be happy to assist you with starting the process.
Are sleep studies covered by insurance?
Most all insurance companies, as well as Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare, provide coverage for sleep studies. We will happily verify all your coverage and benefits information before your study is performed.
Can I visit the sleep center before my study?
Yes, we would be happy to give you a tour of the sleep center during the day. Please feel free to call us to schedule a daytime tour before your test.
What information will I need before my study?
When your sleep study appointment is scheduled your will receive a copy of the necessary forms and informational material pertaining to your study. This information can also be obtained on our ‘patient forms’ page.
What if I have special needs?
Please contact our office between 9am and 5pm, Monday – Friday to discuss your special needs requirements. We will be happy to accommodate your needs and answer any questions you may have about the sleep study process.
What should I bring to my sleep study?
Please pack as you would for an overnight stay in a hotel or spa. For the benefit of your comfort and privacy, please bring appropriate and comfortable nightclothes (ie. night gown, or pajamas). We have bathroom and shower facilities available for your convenience.