1. Is a sleep study safe?
Although a sleep study is safe, our Sleep Disorders Center has also taken the following steps to ensure your safety during any diagnostic sleep procedure:
All staff meet strict guidelines as Registered Sleep Technologists, Certified Sleep Technologists or have completed an Acceptable educaiton in the sleep field and are eligible to sit for their registration exam. We do not employ students or hire employees for “On the Job Training” at this sleep facility.
All staff, not just the technologists, but every member of our sleep disorders center team, is fully trained in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
We watch you closely all night. We stay awake watching all of your vital signs throughout the entire testing procedure. State-of-the-art advanced ECG (heart beat) waveform software is integrated into our sleep software. This allows us to monitor your blood oxygen, heart rate and electrocardiogram waveform continuously throughout the night. If we identify a problem, our team is immediately assessing you and taking appropriate action. A defibrillator and oxygen is maintained on site at all times for your safety.
Fully trained physicians on staff and on call. With a minimum of four board certified sleep specialists on staff, a member of our medical team is always on call for you.
2. Can I bring my favorite pillow?
Yes, you may bring a pillow if it makes you more comfortable.
3. Can I bring my parent, spouse, or friend?
Yes, if you are under 18 years of age, a parent must attend to you during the test.
Patients with disabilities or significant needs are encouraged to have a loved one or friend stay with them. Spouses and other family members are not allowed to stay in the same room with the patient during the test, however, if notified ahead of time the sleep center can make arrangements for guests.
4. Can I bring video games?
You may play a small hand held video game for a few minutes before sleep.
5. Can I bring an electric blanket?
No, the rooms have individual climate controls for your comfort.
6. Can I bring my favorite alarm clock?
No, alarm clocks and watches are not allowed in the Center.
7. Can I bring my cell phone?
You may bring your cell phone to the Center but it will be turned off throughout the study.
8. Should I bring my medications?
The only medications you should bring are those that you normally take between 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. Take all other medications prior to arriving at the Center.
9. Can I bring my cat?
No, pets of any type are not allowed in the Center.
10. Will my insurance cover the testing and treatment that may be needed?
Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital are preferred providers for many insurance plans. Our staff will work with your insurance company to determine coverage and let you know if the testing is covered. We will also let you know if any deductibles or co-payments are required.
11. Do I need an insurance referral form?
If your insurance company normally requires a referral for testing, you will need one for the sleep study. Please bring it with you when you register.
12. Is the Center handicapped accessible?
Yes. Please let us know of any special needs you may have when you make the appointment.
13. Can I have the test during the day?
If you normally work nights and sleep during the day, we will schedule the test during the day. Let us know if you work evening or night shifts when you call to make your appointment.
14. How will I be able to sleep with all of those wires?
None of the sleep equipment is painful and the monitors are quite small. We gather all of the wires into a “ponytail” behind your head so you can easily roll over and change positions just as you would at home. The devices may feel strange on your skin, but most people find that they do not prevent them from falling asleep.
15. How can I sleep in a strange laboratory environment?
The Sleep Disorders Center is not a cold, impersonal place with flashing lights, alarms, and stiff hospital mattresses. Our bedrooms are quite homey and look more like a 5-star hotel room rather than a hospital.
The monitoring equipment and technologists are in a separate room so you can enjoy your privacy and you do not hear the equipment or people talking.
16. What should I bring the night of my study?
You should pack an overnight bag just as you would if you were staying overnight at a friend’s house or a hotel. You will also need to bring: