How to Get a Sleep Study

Posted by Tyler Britton on Apr 2, 2019 8:08:00 AM

How to get a sleep study - Anchorage Sleep Center

Why Get a Sleep Study

It's hard to underestimate the importance of sleep. It affects every single area of your life: physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.

The point of a sleep study is to evaluate why you aren't receiving optimal sleep. In this case, you or your doctor may suspect that there are medical reasons, such as a sleeping disorder, for causing your lack of sleep, such as:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Parasomnias (circadian rhythm disrupting conditions)
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless leg syndrome

Sleep studies allow for formal diagnoses of sleep disorders such as these. Fortunately, sleep studies are fairly non-invasive. Some people tend to worry that they won't be able to sleep duringid doctors in formalling diagnosing you a sleep study, but this is rarely an issue.

What is the Process for Getting a Sleep Study

What to expect during your sleep studyThe process for getting a sleep study is straightforward:

  • You either contact a sleep center or get a referral from your doctor (insurance often covers sleep studies)
  • You may visit the sleep center and consult with sleep specialists to ask questions and go over the procedure
  • You arrive at the sleep center before bed time
  • The sleep study is conducted
  • You leave in the morning
  • Results are provided to your doctor usually within a week

After results are provided to your doctor, they will go over results with you and then work with you for appropriate sleep treatment.

How Does a Sleep Study Work

A sleep study is fairly straightforward. There are several primary areas in which you are monitored while undergoing a sleep evaluation:

  • Sleep equipment that monitors various aspects of your sleeping
  • Observations by sleep specialists who monitor you while you sleep
  • Biometric readings taken by sleep specialists

At the conclusion of your sleep evaluation, sleep specialists will compile the results from the sleep monitoring equipment, biometric readings, and observations, and send them to you doctor. Based on these results, your doctor may or may not give you a formal diagnoses.

How To Get a Sleep Study

To get a sleep study, you should first contact your doctor. They can easily give you a referral to our sleep center.

You simply then need to contact us, whereby we can:

  • Answer questions
  • Set up a time to conduct your sleep study
  • Set up a time to come tour our facility

Then, you simply need to come to your appointment(s). We will provide you with all applicable details ahead time.

Common Sleep Study FAQ

What should I bring to a sleep study?

A good rule of thumb is to pretend you are having an overnight stay at a spa. Bring things like:

  • Comfy and appropriate sleeping attire
  • Any medications you are required to take
  • Other things that help you sleep well, such as a favorite pillow
  • Any night time related items, such as face wash or toothbrush
  • A spare change of clothes (we have showers at our facility)

Other than basics, there is nothing special you need to bring.

How long does a sleep study last?

Sleep studies typically last from late evening to the morning time.

Does insurance cover sleep studies?

Usually, health insurance covers sleep studies.

What if I can't sleep?

This is rarely a problem, as there are sleep aids that we can use to assist you in sleeping in some cases.


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