Common Diagnostic Questions

What is an In Lab Sleep Study?
A polysomnogram(PSG) is a diagnostic sleep test which can diagnose multiple sleep disorders. It measures your brain wave activity, eye movements, muscle tone, heart activity, breathing and blood oxygenation during sleep. The information we collect during your study is reviewed and analyzed by our sleep specialists.

What happens during a sleep study?
Prior to bedtime, you will have several small sensors applied to your head and body so that we can monitor brain activity, eye movement, muscle movements, heart rate, snoring and breathing. The process is safe and painless so that we may observe body position and sleep behavior. Your study may be video recorded. A trained sleep technologist will be present at the Sleep Center for the entire study and will be available if you should need any assistance.

What if I have special needs?
Please call our office between 9AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. We will try to accommodate your needs and answer any questions you may have about the sleep testing process.

What should I bring with me to the sleep study?
Please bring two piece pajamas or a T-shirt and shorts, and any paper work that you have been asked to complete. A list of your current medications and your insurance card will also be needed.

How long do I have to sleep for?
We would like to record at least 6 hours of data after you fall asleep.

Can I take my medications?
Please bring any medications that you take at bedtime with you. Some medications can impact the results of sleep testing. Do not take any sleep aids until after you arrive at the sleep center and the sleep technician will instruct you when to do so.

Can I wear nail polish?
If you wear nail polish, please remove it from one finger for the night of the test.

May I take a nap?
Please avoid taking a nap after 12pm on the day of the study.

Can I have caffeine?
Please avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, colas, energy drinks, chocolates, etc.) after 12:00pm on the day of the study.

Can I drink alcohol on the day of study?
Please do not consume any alcoholic beverages on the day of your study.

Can I smoke?
All of our facilities are smoke-free

Can I use the restroom during the sleep study?
Absolutely, YES!

Can I exercise?
Please maintain your usual exercise habits.

What if I have allergies?
Please make sure you notify the technician of any allergies, including citrus when you arrive to the lab.

Should I bathe before coming to the sleep study?
Yes, your hair and skin should be free of oils, sprays, creams or lotions. If you have artificial hair, weaves, braids, etc., please notify staff.

Should I bring valuables with me to the sleep study?
Please leave all valuable items at home. The Sleep Center of Greater Pittsburgh cannot be held liable for any missing or damaged items.

What happens after my sleep study?
A large amount of information is collected during your sleep study. A sleep specialist will analyze this information and a formal report with recommendations will be sent to your doctor.

What if I'm diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea?
If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend that you receive treatment. The most common and most effective treatment is PAP(Positive Airway Pressure) therapy.

What if I am diagnosed with another sleep disorder?
Your doctor will receive a formal report. A follow up appointment with a sleep specialist may be recommended to develop a treatment plan.

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