Patient Information

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a sleep study?

For most patients, a sleep study is a key diagnostic component of a sleep disorders evaluation. A sleep study, also called a polysomnogram (PSG), measures your brain wave activity, eye movements, muscle contractions, heart activity, breathing and blood oxygenation during sleep. The study usually begins in the late evening and ends about 6:00 AM.

The information we collect during your study is reviewed and analyzed by our sleep specialists.

What information will I get ahead of time?

Once you have scheduled your sleep study, you will receive a welcome package containing forms you need to complete, along with directions and phone numbers to the facility. You will be reminded 24-48 hours before your scheduled appointment. We request verbal confirmation that you will be attending the appointment. Otherwise, your slot may be made available to another patient. Be sure to bring the directions, phone number, completed forms and your health insurance card on the night of your study.

What if I have special needs?

Please call our office during the day time 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday to discuss any special needs requirements. We will try to accommodate your needs and answer any questions you may have about the sleep study procedure. If you do not speak English you will need to bring someone to interpret for the entire night.

What should I bring?

Pack as you would for an overnight hospital stay. For the benefit of your privacy and comfort, please bring appropriate and comfortable nightclothes (such as a night gown, T-shirts and shorts, or pajama top and bottoms). Other patients and staff members will be in the general testing area. Review the recommended checklist below to ensure that you have everything you might need.

Recommended Check List

  • Comfortable nightclothes (pajamas or t-shirt and shorts)
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Toiletries and make-up
  • Change of clothes
  • Medications
  • Reading material
  • Snack
February 12, 2013
Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine