When you schedule your sleep study appointment, you will be given written instructions and we will call you to verify your arrival time prior to your appointment.
You should plan on being at the sleep laboratory from approximately 9 p.m. in the evening of your study until 7 a.m. the next morning.
Upon your arrival at the sleep lab, you will be provided with a private room, bathroom and shower.
Shortly afterwards, a sleep technician will apply monitoring sensors to your chest, abdomen, face, scalp, and legs.
These sensors monitor brain waves to determine your stage of sleep. They also detect eye movements, heart rhythm, airflow from your nose and mouth, blood oxygen levels, and muscle activity during sleep. An audio-visual camera will monitor your body movements and position, and any snoring that occurs.
You will most likely be scheduled for two separate nights in the sleep lab:
However, if the technician notices a significant amount of sleep apnea during your diagnostic sleep study, he or she will initiate therapy the same night.
After a doctor reviews the results of your sleep study, you will be contacted by a member of UPMC's Sleep Medicine Center and given further information and guidance.
If you are ordered CPAP or BPAP® therapy, you should receive the machine and equipment in two or three weeks after your study.
If you have any questions regarding your sleep study results or experience delays in receiving therapy, contact us.