What is a sleep study (Polysomnogram)

A polysomnogram is a procedure that measures bodily functions during sleep. Each study will vary depending on the individual case, and some of the measurements monitored may include; Brain waves (electrodes placed on the scalp) Heart beats (electrodes placed on the chest) Muscle tension (electrodes placed on the chin) Airflow breathing (sensor placed under the nose and mouth) Blood oxygen levels (sensor attached to your finger).

Why record all of these signals?

During sleep, the body functions differently. Disrupted sleep can disrupt daytime activities, and sometimes medical problems during sleep involve a risk to your overall health. These monitors will help your physician determine if you have a sleep disorder.

Can I sleep with all these monitors attached to me?

Surprisingly, most patients do not have difficulty sleeping with these devices on once they have adjusted to the environment. The devices do not hurt as they are applied and you are able to move quite freely during the test. We want you to sleep in your normal sleeping positions and will make accommodations so you feel as comfortable as possible in our “home-like” sleep facility atmosphere. We have highly trained technical staff to ensure your stay with us is beyond your expectations.

How should I prepare for my sleep study?

1. Arrive at Summit Sleep Services for testing at 8:00p.m. Bring a copy of your current insurance card. The staff will ensure insurance pre-certification is completed prior to your arrival if insurance indicates.
2. Bring comfortable sleeping clothes; avoid silk materials please.
3. Avoid naps if possible the day of the test.
4. Avoid caffeine after 6:00p.m. (soda, tea, coffee)
5. Avoid alcohol the day of the test, unless otherwise directed.
6. We ask that your hair is free of hair sprays and/or gels as the technologist will apply electrodes to the outside of your scalp and these adhere best to product-free hair/scalp.
7. Feel free to bring any item from home that may help you sleep better. Please note that we offer a home-like sleeping environment as well as shower facilities if you should need them.
8. Bring any prescribed medications that you take before going to bed or take them before you arrive. *It is a good idea to bring any medications that you may need during the night as our facility will not have access to prescribed medications.
9. Plan to eat dinner before arriving; however we do have a kitchen area and you may bring snack foods if needed, especially if you are a diabetic.
10. We ask that you call us if you are sick on the day of your scheduled appointment to discuss rescheduling options.
11. While we understand that unforeseen circumstances arise, we ask that you provide at least a 24 -hour notice of cancellation. Thank you for your consideration.