What to expect.
Our specialized sleep physicians may conduct a sleep study to analyze your sleep patterns and brain activity. Once we pinpoint a diagnosis, we can get you started on a treatment plan to help you sleep well and feel more rested.
Sleep Center testing.
There are five different types of sleep studies we may perform to get a better idea of what’s causing the problem.
- Nocturnal Polysomnogram (NPSG): This overnight sleep study is the most common test we perform on our Sleep Center patients. A registered sleep technologist will track a minimum of 14 data points, including EEG, EOG, EMG, snoring, body position, ECG, respiratory effort and flow. These tests are used to rule out a variety of sleep disorders including sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, nocturnal seizures, nocturnal arrhythmias, and sleep disordered breathing.
- Polysomnogram with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or Bi-Level initiation/titration during a one-night Polysomnogram (PSG): This exam is sometimes referred to as a “split night" sleep study. This study is similar to the NPSG, but we evaluate how you sleep with and without a CPAP.
- Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT): We use this test to study daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy. The MSLT consists of a series of four to five naps during the day. You are allowed to nap for 20 minutes or so every two hours while we measure your data. This study allows an overnight sleep study at the Sleep Center.
- Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT):This test consists of four, 40-minute "nap trials" every two hours throughout the day to assess wakefulness in patients who are being treated for sleep apnea or another sleep disorder.
- Home Sleep Studies: This at-home sleep screening monitors a smaller amount of data points, such as your heart rate, oxygen saturation and respiratory effort to help rule out sleep apnea.
Your sleep study explained.
From good night to good morning, we want you to feel comfortable every step of the way. As you begin to prepare for your sleep study, there are a few things you should know:
- This is a pain-free test
- You will have a private room and bathroom if you are staying overnight
- Most people don’t have a hard time falling asleep, even connected to our sensors
Getting ready for your sleep study
There are a few things we need to do before it’s lights out. Before your sleep study, we will do an interview with you to get a sense of your sleep patterns and any issues you have. It’s helpful if a spouse, partner or other family member can come with you to provide any additional insights about your activities during sleep.
Once you are in your private room, a technician will explain the equipment and procedures to you. Your technician will then connect several sensors to you so we can monitor and record your vital signs, sleep stages, muscle and eye movements, snoring, blood oxygen level and other markers of sleep activity. The room will be dark, but the technician will be able to check on you with an infrared camera and a microphone.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about your sleep study. If you need to stay for a daytime test, we will give you breakfast and lunch the next day.
After you wake up
Our specialists and doctors who are board-certified in sleep medicine will interpret your tests and review the results. Your physician will follow up with you about one week after your sleep study to discuss the results, any recommendations and what you will need to begin any treatments. We may ask you to spend another night in the Sleep Center to begin treatment, to adjust your treatment or to check on your progress. Our case manager will also follow up with you periodically over the next six months to see how you are doing.
Do you have questions?
We have answers! Call the Sleep Center at 321.868.5832 with any questions about equipment or care related to your sleep problem.
Sleep Center locations.
701 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
8745 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940
5200 Babcock Street, NE
Palm Bay, FL 32905