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What is a polysomnogram?

A polysomnogram is a comprehensive recording of biophysical changes that occur during sleep, such as:
Brain activity – electrodes attached to the scalp
Heart rhythm- electrodes attached to chest and abdominal region.
Eye movements- electrodes attached near the eyes
Muscle activity – electrodes attached to the chin and lower legs
Snore sensor- placed on the neck
Respiratory effort – elastic belts placed around the chest and abdomen
Nasal/oral airflow – probes placed between the upper lip and nose
Oxygen saturation – sensor attached to the finger

Why do a polysomnogram?

To look for behavior that can be harmful to yourself or others. Disrupted sleep can disturb daytime activities such as driving and can cause or exacerbate medical problems which affect basic health, for example diabetes and congestive heart failure.

How can I sleep with all those sensors on me?

Most people sleep very well. The sensors are applied so that you can turn and move during sleep. The wires are ponytailed together so that entangling does not occur. If a sensor comes off during the study, your technician will come in the room and reattach the sensor. We ask that you move a little more gingerly, but you can sleep in your normal position.

Will the sensors hurt?

No. The electrodes are placed on the skin to record information, but the recording is non-invasive and is not painful.

Am I able to use the restroom during the test?

Yes. Prior to your study beginning the technician will ask you to use the restroom. During the night if you wake and need to use the restroom, notify your technician that you need a restroom break. Your technician will disconnect the main cable that will allow you to carry your electrodes to the restroom.

Is the test covered by my insurance?

The sleep test is covered by most insurance companies including Medicare. However, each patient should check with his/her insurance company about the details. All co-pays and/or deductibles will be collected prior to your study. Please be aware that there is a $50 cancellation fee for cancellations less than 24 hours.

What happens after my study?

The results are reviewed by a sleep scoring technologist and then interpreted by a sleep physician. A final copy of the report will be sent to your referring physician. Please call your sleep physician within two weeks to schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss your results.