Frequently Asked Questions about Sleep Services
If you have additional questions, call Aurora BayCare Medical Center’s Sleep Wake Center at 920-288-4350 or view our sleep medicine providers.
A polysomnogram is a test that records sleep and breathing function. Each test will vary depending upon the individual. Recordings are usually made of brain waves, heartbeat, eye movements, muscle tension, leg movement, breathing and oxygen levels.
The measurements are recorded through the painless application of sensors on the surface of the skin and cloth bands placed around the chest and stomach.
Another type of sleep test, the multiple sleep latency test (MSLT), may be prescribed for some patients, is usually for the evaluation of daytime sleepiness. Bring something to read or work on while awake if your staying for a daytime nap study.
Lunch will be provided. Call the sleep center in advance of your appointment if you have any dietary restrictions.
A sleep study helps determine if you are experiencing a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders, if left untreated, can lead to disruption of daytime activities and may even lead to medical problems.
Most people sleep very well. The body sensors are applied so that you can turn and move during sleep. Generally, you will not be aware that you are wearing the sensors after they have been on for a short time.
Normally we allow patients to sleep as long as they can to get the best study possible. Work/child care arrangements may be needed.
Each sleep lab room has a private bathroom with shower. Towels, shampoo and conditioner are available. Because of the glue/paste that will be used to apply the electrodes to your scalp, please allow time to wash your hair if you are planning to go to work in the morning.
Stimulant medications are usually stopped a few days prior to the study. However, do not stop any of your medications without first consulting your primary physician. Please bring your prescriptions over-the-counter medications with you.
No smoking is allowed, as Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a smoke-free environment.
For most patients, it is covered at least in part by their respective policies. However, each patient should check with their own insurance company if unsure and also check deductibles and copays.
Sleep test records are often longer than 1,000 pages in length. A board-certified sleep specialist interprets the information from the study. A final report will be forwarded to your referring physician. You will then need to make a follow-up appointment to obtain the results.