Below are some common questions encountered by patients considering undergoing sleep testing. To learn more about our testing services, or to schedule your diagnostic sleep test, click here or call (319) 505-2896 today!
What Should I Expect During My Sleep Testing?
Patients should expect to sleep generally as normal during the sleep testing, with a few differences. Because the testing is designed to identify any sleep-related medical issues, several sensors will be attached to the patient during the testing in order to monitor various vital signs, including blood-oxygen levels, brain waves, heart and breathing rates, and the rate of eye and leg movements. The test is noninvasive and is conducted at night in a home-like atmosphere. Once the testing is complete, results and potential treatment options are discussed at a later appointment with the client and his or her primary provider, with the patient pursuing those treatments, such as lifestyle modifications and certain sleep apnea treatment equipment. Click here to find out more about our diagnostic sleep tests.
Should I Bring My Own Pillow?
What Does the Sleep Testing Room Look Like?
Our sleep testing rooms are designed to look like a typical bedroom and each features a standard queen-sized bed for our patients to use during the sleep study. These beds are comfortable, which, along with the non-clinical feel of the sleep study room, is aimed at putting the client at ease during the testing experience. Discover our approach to sleep testing by clicking here.
My Bed Partner Says I Snore and Stop Breathing During Sleep. Is that Normal?
Snoring (particularly loud snoring) and/or cessation of breathing during sleep are both potential signs of a serious sleep disorder, as are a persistent feeling of being tried, your bed partner moving out of the bedroom to sleep elsewhere, gasping for air during sleep, and moving around significantly during sleep. These are just a few of many indicators of sleep-related conditions, and it’s important for those experiencing them to talk with their bed partners and others in order to create a list of sleep activities that can be shared with your primary care provider and sleep specialist. To learn more about common sleep-related conditions, click here.
I am Able to Fall Asleep Anywhere. Why Should I Consider Sleep Testing?
Contrary to popular belief, being able to fall asleep anywhere is not a positive indicator of a person’s health. Many people feel tired or fall asleep when they are inactive, such as when watching TV, reading, or sitting in a chair. Unfortunately, being able to sleep in almost any situation is often a sign of an underlying sleep disorder. Ideally, people will not feel this way; if they do, they likely have a sleep issue that requires diagnosis and treatment. Find out more about our sleeping testing services and how we diagnose and identify sleep disorders by clicking here.
Does the Sleep Center Offer Shower Facilities?
No, at this time the Sleep Center does not have showers available to our patients.
Are Towels Available for Patients to Wash Their Faces in the Morning?
Yes, we offer face towels for our patients.
Do You Offer Bed- or Knee-Elevation Features?
The beds at the Sleep Center are very comfortable, however they do not offer head or knee lifting features. If you need to have your head elevated at night to sleep, we advise bringing some extra pillows or a bed wedge to help elevate your head during sleep. We also have two bed wedges and extra pillows available for incline assistance.
Patient Resource Center
Patient Information Packet
Prior to your sleep study, please complete the last three pages of this packet and bring it to your appointment. This information covers your previous sleep history and will help us provide you with more complete care.
Patient Instructional Guide
Before your sleep lab appointment, we invite you to read this instructional guide to learn more about the items to bring, the information to provide to our sleep team, and the procedures to follow at this appointment.
Patient Satisfaction Survey
We want to hear from you! After your sleep lab testing, please complete the attached patient satisfaction survey. We value your input and are always striving to make our testing services more comfortable and comprehensive.
Notice of Privacy Practices
Our notice of privacy practices describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Click here to learn more.
IDTF Performance Standards
To learn more about the requirements that must be met by independent diagnostic testing facilities (IDTFs) enrolled in the Medicare program, please click here.
All of our customers are very important to us. That’s why we’ve attached information about our patient complaint process here.
Alice NightOne Home Sleep Test Setup
Please refer to the following video for home setup and use.