Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is a sleep study?

A painless, non-invasive test that measures your body’s function during sleep for the purpose of diagnosing and treating a sleep disorder.

Q: Will any part of the sleep study be painful?

Absolutely not! Your sleep study is completely pain-free!

Q: Why should I consider a sleep study?

A sleep study allows us to measure specifics about your sleep issues. A more specific diagnosis can help us prescribe a more suitable course of treatment for living a better life through better sleep. Check out our sleep disorders section to read about why a sleep study is essential for people with sleep issues, especially those with obstructive sleep apnea.

Q: What should I bring to my sleep study?

Feel free to bring anything that will make you more comfortable. The room is equipped with a queen size bed, pillows, and blankets but if you like having your own pillow, we welcome you to bring it with. Feel free to also bring anything that you typically use to relax before bed such as a book, music, or your laptop. The room does have cable tv for your use if you prefer.

Q: What if I can’t sleep during the sleep study?

A lot of patients feel some level of apprehension. Our goal is to inform you as best we can to ease any of your worries. We also encourage you to bring anything that will make you feel more comfortable such as your pillow, a book you like to read before bed, or your favorite pajamas! Many patient’s even leave their sleep study having a better night sleep than they’ve had in a while!

The devices attached do allow you to turn and move around. In fact, after a while, you may not even notice them!

In extreme cases, your provider can prescribe a sleep aid that you can take upon arrival for your study. Please talk to your doctor if you feel you would need a sleep aid.

Q: What if I can’t fall asleep at night because I usually work third shift?

You have a couple of options! First, talk with your provider about getting prescribed a one-time sleep aid. Second, you may be appropriate for a day study, your provider will confirm this and our scheduling team will schedule you appropriately.

Q: Can I have my sleep study done at home?

Absolutely! We offer both in-lab and home sleep testing. However, home sleep testing isn’t for everyone. A home sleep test, though effective, collects significantly less data than an in-lab sleep study. The initial consultation with our providers will determine if it is right for you!

Q: What are the pros of a home sleep test (HST)?

Home sleep test pros:

– less expensive

– more convenient and comfortable

– insurance may cover it before covering an in-lab sleep study

Q: What are the cons of a home sleep test (HST)?

Home sleep test cons: 

– Lacks the full array of tools and diagnostics available during an in-lab sleep study

– Not suitable for individuals with congestive heart failure, lung disease, or other sleep disorders

– Higher risk of needing to repeat due to equipment misuse

– Cannot measure brain activity

Q: What are the pros of an in-lab sleep test at Sleep Wellness Institute?

– High quality beds, rooms, furniture, and décor

– Private bathroom and shower

– Uses more sensors and gathers more accurate data

– Higher accuracy because a sleep tech is monitoring progress

– Completing an in-lab study is proven to be much more effective and controlled than a home sleep test

Q: Is my spouse allowed to come with?

Your spouse is more than welcome to be present for your clinic visits. They sometimes have valuable input and can tell us what they see when you are asleep.

Unfortunately, they are not able to stay with you for your sleep study. Due to the nature of the sleep study, it may be distracting for both you and your spouse.


I feel young again

I was tired all the time and after I did my sleep study and worked with my doctor I finally got what I needed to feel healthy and rested.

Q: What should I expect to happen?

Q: What should I do to prepare for my sleep study in advance?

Check out our “Preparing for Your Sleep Study” section for preparation tips as well as some do’s and don’ts for your sleep study!

Q: Will I be woken up during the night?

You may be woken up by your sleep technologist during the night if you experience a significant amount of sleep events. (Click Why do a sleep study?) If this occurs, the sleep technologist will come in and initiate CPAP.

Q: Can I stay with my child during their sleep study?

Yes, you can. Once your child has fallen asleep, if there is a vacant sleep study room, you are welcome to stay in there during the duration of the study. You are also welcome to remain in the room, however if you do so, you must be quiet.

Q: What if I have to go to the bathroom during my sleep study?

If you have to go to the bathroom during your sleep study, simply speak into the room, the built-in microphone will pick up your voice, and your sleep technologist will come and assist you. Fortunately, none of the wires that have been attached to you will need to be removed. The technologist will unplug a couple of monitors from the “jack box” and you will be mobile and able to use the bathroom.

Q: Does my sleep study room have Wi-Fi?

Yes! The Wi-Fi network name and password is located on the desk in your sleep room.

Q: Why is the sleep study videotaped?

The sleep technologists will be observing you via video to monitor any movements that you may be experiencing during the night. None of the video feed is recorded, however, it is just for observation purposes for the sleep technologist.

Q: How long does it take to get results from a sleep study?

Depending on your Provider, you will either be scheduled for a follow up visit or receive a phone follow up with your results. Regardless, you will receive your results within 2 weeks of your sleep study.

Q: Will my insurance cover your services?

Almost every insurance company covers a sleep study and CPAP therapy. Each insurance policy is unique so make sure to call the number on the back of your insurance card for Out-of-Pocket and Deductible information.

Q: Do I need a doctor referral?

Nope! Some insurance companies may require it but we can check for you!

Q: When are you open?

Our building is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week!

Our sleep lab is open during the night 7 nights per week.

For clinic hours, check out our Contact Us page.

Q: What is the difference between the Sleep Wellness Institute and a hospital?

It is our micro-focus on sleep disorder diagnosis and CPAP therapy that makes us unique. Not only can we provide you with a diagnosis, we see you through follow-up visits as well as through your treatment plans.

In addition to our specialty in sleep, our private sleep lab rooms are comparable to a typical bedroom at home rather than a hospital setting. They have a private bathroom attached as well as a television for your enjoyment. We want you to feel at home while you’re here!

Lastly, our costs are generally lower than the cost of having a sleep study in a hospital.