Frequently Asked Questions

Greater Tri State Sleep Center | Frequently Asked Questions

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Before Sleep Study

Q: How do I get a sleep study?
A: First, discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician or schedule an appointment with a Greater Tri State Sleep Center Sleep Specialist. Based on the evaluation of your symptoms, the physician will refer you to the sleep center.

Q: Can I visit the center before my study?
A: Yes, tours of the sleep-testing laboratory are provided in the early evenings. Please call to schedule a tour before your test.

Q: For a sleep study, do I have to fast?
A: Fasting is not required, but avoiding caffeine and alcohol is strongly recommended.

Q: Should I have dinner?
A: Yes, please eat dinner before arrival. You may bring snacks however, dinner will not be provided.

Q: For a sleep study, should I stop taking my medications?
A: Patients are not typically asked to stop taking their medication during the sleep study. It is best to consult your referring physician with any specific concerns regarding medication and your sleep study.

Q: Should I take a shower before the study?
A: Showering before the sleep study is your decision, it may help you feel more relaxed. Please remove braids, hair weaves, and hair accessories from hair. Please arrive with dry hair and do not apply any sprays, oils, gels, or make-up.

Q: What other items am I permitted to bring to the study?
A: We recommend you bring comfortable 2-piece clothing, a pillow, blanket, snacks, robe, slippers, reading material, medications, make –up and change of clothes if desired.

Q: Will my insurance cover the sleep study?
A. Prior to your sleep study, order intake will contact your insurance company to check the eligibility and benefits of your policy.

During Sleep Study

Q: During a sleep study, will I have to share a room with another patient?
A: No, each patient is given a private room for the sleep study to be performed.

Q: What should I wear during a sleep study?
A: You are permitted to wear your own comfortable 2-piece clothing during the sleep study.  

Q: Can I smoke?
A: No, our sleep centers are smoke free.

Q: What happens during a sleep study?
A: During an overnight sleep study, electrodes monitor and record brain waves, eye movement, heartbeat, breathing, oxygen level, respiratory effort, and muscle activity.

Q: How long does it take to schedule a sleep study?
A: Patients are typically contacted within 24-48 hours after receipt of the referral.

Q: How long will I be at the sleep center for testing?
A: A sleep study typically takes place over the course of an overnight stay at one of our locations.

Q: What if I need to go to the bathroom during the study?
A: If you need to use the bathroom during the night, a sleep technologist will temporarily disconnect you from the sleep monitoring equipment.

After Sleep Study

Q: What happens after my sleep study?
A:  A sleep specialist will analyze the information collected during your sleep study and create a formal report with recommendations that will be sent to your doctor.  This information will not be available the night of your sleep study. Results are typically available 7-10 days after testing.

Q: When will my doctor receive my results?
A: Results are typically forwarded to the referring physician within 48 hours of the analysis by the sleep specialist. A follow-up appointment with your referring physician or Greater Tri State Sleep Center physician will be necessary to discuss the findings and recommendations
for treatment.