I have not been sleeping well. How do I get treatment?
The first step you should take to improve your quality of sleep is to see your doctor. After meeting your physician, if you are prescribed a sleep study (Polysomnogram), then we can perform diagnostic tests at REM Sleep Center to identify any sleep disorder you may have. This study is then sent to your doctor for interpretation, usually followed by another perscription for medical supplies. This is when your treatment begins.
What is a Polysomnogram (sleep study)?
A Polysomnogram is a diagnostic procedure which measures certain bodily functions during sleep. The following parameters will be monitored during your study.
- EEG/Brain Waves (Electrodes placed on the scalp)
- EKG/Heart Rate (Electrodes placed on the chest)
- EOG/Eye Movements (Electrodes placed above and below eyes)
- EMG/Muscle Tension (Electrodes placed on the chin)
- EMG/Muscle Tension (Electrodes placed on both legs)
- Airflow/Breathing (Sensors attached near nose and mouth)
- Respiratory Effort (Elastic belts placed around chest and stomach)
- Oximetry/Blood Oxygen Levels (Small sensor attached to finger)
Why record all these things?
During sleep, the body functions are different than while awake. Disrupted sleep can disturb daytime activities and sometimes-medical problems during sleep involve a risk to your basic health.
Can I sleep with all these things on me?
We hear this all the time, surprisingly; most people will sleep the way they usually do at home. A sample of your sleep patterns is needed to help diagnose any sleep disorders. The body sensors are applied so that you may turn and move in your sleep as you normally would. This is a noninvasive procedure meaning that no needles will be involved and the procedure is painless. Our staff will try to make your sleeping environment as comfortable as possible. Remember, this is not a performance test, only a sample of how you sleep.
Will the electrodes/sensors hurt?
No! Occasionally, in rubbing the skin while attaching the electrodes, there may be a mild and temporary skin irritation. Generally, this does not cause any significant discomfort.
Will I be given a drug to help me sleep?
REM Sleep Center will not “automatically” give you a medication for sleep. However, if your physician has prescribed sleeping medication for you, you should continue taking this and all other medications as ordered by your doctor.
How long does it take to administer a sleep study?
Six and a half to seven hours.
How long after my sleep study will I receive results and be able to start treatment?
Our policy is 7-10 business days. We try to be as quick as we can to send results to your physician, but we have to allow some turn-around time for your physician to interpret the results.
Can I smoke at the REM Sleep Center?
No. REM Sleep Centers are non-smoking facilities. You will be allowed to go out side to smoke before the study begins.
I have a caregiver at home to help me. Can he/she come with me to the study?
Yes. If you are not fully able to care for yourself, please contact us at 512-452-0004 so we can make necessary arrangements. The caregiver must be able to stay with you throughout the study.
What if I normally sleep in a recliner at home?
We do have a sleep study room with a recliner for those customers who would prefer those accommodations. Please don’t forget to bring your toiletries and comfortable pajamas.
I am under the age of 18 and I have been prescribed to conduct a sleep study. What do I do?
If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must accompany you for the entire study.
What if I need to reschedule or cancel my sleep study?
You must contact us within 48 hours to cancel or reschedule your appointment in order to avoid fees.
Is there anything I need to do or prepare in advance of my sleep study?
Yes. We have a checklist that we ask you to review before coming to REM Sleep Center. Please click here.
What’s the difference between going to a sleep center to have your study done and an “at-home” sleep test?
One of the many benefits of getting your sleep study done at an accredited sleep testing facility is that a variety of sleep disorders can be recognized and diagnosed through a study called a polysomnography. At-home sleep tests are not as comprehensive, which means that some disorders or specific information can be missed. Your physician will recommend the most appropriate study. REM Sleep offers both.