What to Expect

at your Child's Sleep Study

What is a Sleep Study?

A sleep study is a painless, non-invasive test that measures your body’s function during sleep for the purpose of diagnosing and treating a sleep disorder. It enables us to determine a treatment plan that will help you sleep well, be refreshed and live a healthier life.

As a mom I worried about if she was going to be scared. The people who took care of her made her feel so comfortable. It made it easier on all of us. They were great!
—Mom of Sara

Click below to access the Checklist for your child’s sleep study.

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Sleep Study Expectations

In the diagnostic portion, we will monitor breathing, brain wave activity, heart rate, body movements and blood oxygen levels while he/she sleeps.

The Sleep Wellness Institute

About your arrival
  • Please arrive no earlier than your scheduled sleep study time.
  • When you arrive, you will ring a buzzer outside of the building and wait for a sleep technician to greet you.


About the staff
  • You and your child will be working with a sleep technician. They will attach the monitoring equipment and observe the data as it comes in through the sensors. They will observe your child’s sleeping habits through an infrared camera and can communicate back and forth via an intercom system in case of any questions.


About your room
  • Each room has a full/queen sized bed with its own bathroom and shower.
  • Your child will have time to change into comfortable sleep clothes and relax by watching TV before he/she goes to sleep.
  • You will be given access to our Wi-Fi network. If you prefer, you may bring a small electronic to stream programs such as Netflix or Hulu.


About the procedure
  • Sensors will be placed around your child’s head, face, chest, legs, and finger and secured with a washable paste.
  • The sensors do not hurt and will not disrupt your child’s sleep.
  • If the technician confirms that your child is showing symptoms of sleep apnea, they will wake him/her up to initiate use of a CPAP machine. They will then measure the effectiveness of the treatment. Your child may need to return for another sleep study as this process can require two full nights of data.


About the next day
  • The procedure takes 8-10 hours and will end around 5 o’clock AM.
  • You will be out of the lab no later than 7 o’clock AM.
  • You will be given time to shower and get ready for the day.
  • You will be given some paperwork to complete before your departure
    • One important piece of this is a Patient Satisfaction Survey. We appreciate all feedback and comments regarding your experience. Your comments are confidential and are reviewed by our Patient Experience Committee monthly to implement improvements.
  • We provide you with a dry continental breakfast consisting of muffins, granola bars, etc.


About the next steps
  • The results will take anywhere from 7-14 days after the study to interpret.
  • Once they are interpreted, we will call you to either schedule an appointment or to share the results with you.
  • If the provider writes a prescription for a CPAP machine, we will contact your insurance right away and follow up with you once we obtain an authorization if that is required.


  • My sales job requires me to drive all over the state. I used to get so tired around 2 or 3 in the afternoon that I’d have to pull over and take a nap. My work suffered, and I worried about falling asleep at the wheel. It turned out I had sleep apnea. Now I use a CPAP machine while I sleep, and it’s made all the difference. I don’t feel like I’m going to fall asleep while driving and I’m a lot more productive at my job.

    Bob K.
  • I had to force myself to stay active at my job just so I wouldn’t fall asleep. After work, I’d fall asleep in front of the TV. I never had energy, no matter how much I slept. After my sleep study at the Sleep Wellness Institute, my doctor recommended I use a CPAP machine at night. The treatment turned my life around. I’m in bed less but feel more rested, my blood pressure is lower, and the problems with my ulcerative colitis went away.

    Scott L.
  • I just wanted to thank you for your help and fast service today. You were great! I should rest well tonight.

    Larry L.


Just South of Lincoln Avenue at:  2356 S. 102nd St., West Allis, WI

Arriving at Our West Allis Facility

Our West Allis facility, located just off I-894/45 and Lincoln Avenue on 102nd Street.

When you arrive, you may park your vehicle in one of the parking spaces near the main entrance. Ring the doorbell located inside the front vestibule and a technician will answer the door and escort you to your private room in the sleep center.


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Next Door to First Bank at: 11725 N. Port Washington Rd, Suite 225, Mequon, WI

Arriving at Our Mequon Facility

Our Mequon facility is located on Port Washington Road next to First Bank.

When you arrive, you may park your vehicle in one of the parking spaces near the main entrance. Ring the doorbell outside the main entrance and a technician will answer the door and escort you to your private room in the sleep center.

For questions after hours regarding your scheduled sleep study, please call 414-328-5642

Risk Assessment

Start here by taking a FREE sleep risk assessment now to find a better life through better sleep. This helpful tool is the first step in evaluating your sleep.

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Do you have sleep apnea? Our Authorized Dealer has readily-available CPAP experts on staff to get you fitted for a better night’s sleep.

Learn more about CPAP

About our Labs

Our private sleep study rooms are like a typical bedroom including amenities like TV and Internet. Our staff will help you feel at home.

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