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If you’ve been scheduled for a sleep study at our Sleep Center, it’s natural to have questions about the test and what to expect from the experience. Below, we’ve provided answers to some of the questions patients most often ask us regarding sleep studies. If you have additional questions or need more information, please call us at 617-243-5699.
A sleep study is also known as polysomnography. Polysomnography is a testing procedure that measures a variety of physical activities during a sleep session, such as brain functions and breathing. In the picture to the right, you will see all of the “signals” as they appear during a sleep study. It is absolutely crucial for overall health to have “normal sleep” that is appropriate in duration and efficiency. Please keep in mind that individual needs can vary from person to person.
Our booking wait times usually run about 5-6 weeks. In addition, the Sleep Center keeps a cancellation list for your earlier convenience.
Your doctor can order a study at the Newton-Wellesley Sleep Center by completing an order form and faxing it to the Sleep Center at 617-243-6776 or by calling us at 617-243-5699.
In most cases, your insurance will cover your sleep study. Please be aware that Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO plans and Tufts PPO and HMO plans require insurance pre-authorizations. Insurance pre-authorizations can be obtained through your physicians’ offices.
Follow these steps in advance of your sleep study:
Yes. You may find that a shower before arriving at the sleep center will make you feel more relaxed. Wash and dry your hair, and do not apply any sprays, oils or gels. Also, we advise you not to apply any body lotions, oils, or makeup to your skin.
Bring any medications that are needed during the night (even something simple like Tums), as the sleep technologists do not give out any medications. You should bring something comfortable to sleep in.
Most people sleep reasonably well during sleep studies so that we can obtain a reliable sample of the individual’s sleep pattern. The sensors are applied so that you can move easily in your sleep, change body positions freely while in bed, and use the bathroom. The sleep rooms are set up like normal, comfortable bedrooms, and our staff makes the environment as comfortable as possible. Patients can control the bedroom’s temperature as well.
No. This is a painless and noninvasive (no needles) testing procedure. Sometimes, as a result of rubbing the skin or application of the electrodes, there is some mild skin irritation.
If you typically have difficulty falling asleep in an unfamiliar environment, we recommend bringing a book. There is a television in each of the sleep testing rooms. Some patients have had success with over-the-counter sleep aids. If you need them, we recommend that you bring your own over-the-counter sleep aids with you.
Every bedroom has an open intercom that will enable you to communicate with our technologist at any time. If you need to use the bathroom during the night, the technologist will assist and disconnect you temporarily.
We like to obtain six hours of recorded data with as much sleep recorded as possible. In many cases, we can make a diagnosis with just a few hours of sleep recorded.
Newton-Wellesley sleep center technicians are trained in basic life support. Participants in sleep studies have their vital statistics monitored closely throughout the study.
CPAP is the gold-standard treatment for sleep apnea. Fixed-pressure CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) was first invented in 1981. Since that time, these devices have become more advanced and portable. The modern units are smaller, quieter, and offer more features to enhance patient care, such as gradually increasing pressure to the target dose (a “ramp”), heated humidification, and the ability to monitor response.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an intermittent problem in which the upper airway closes and interferes with breathing and sleep, much like a swinging door closes shut. CPAP maintains steady air pressure to prevent the upper airway from collapsing, just as a breeze could hold open a swinging door.
CPAP delivers air through tubing connected to a mask worn over the nose and/or mouth. The comfort and fit of the mask is crucial to minimize air leaks or discomfort. In most cases, treatment of OSA leads to an increase in quality of life for the patient and their sleep partner.
Learn more about CPAP therapy.
The sleep lab staff members perform and educate you regarding the sleep study, sleep disorders, and various treatment options. You can discuss the results of your sleep study can be discussed with a board-certified sleep doctor if you request a sleep consult.
We will wake you at 6 a.m. If you need to be somewhere at a certain time, please let us know when you arrive in the center so we can accommodate your request. Patients typically leave the Sleep Center between 6:30 and 7 a.m.
Your test will be scored and then reviewed by a doctor specializing in sleep medicine. We will send a report with recommendations to your doctor within 2-3 weeks.
Sleep study reports will be available within 2-3 weeks after you complete your study. We send these reports directly to your referring doctor.
All appointments, except sleep studies, take place at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Get directions to the hospital.
Sleep testing only is located at the Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, in Newton. The hotel is two miles from Newton-Wellesley's main campus. Get directions to the Boston Marriott Newton.
We offer sleep testing Sunday through Friday.
Yes, parking is free at the Boston Marriott Newton.
Sleep testing at the Boston Marriott Newton offers patients the most comfortable environment for sleeping outside of their own bedrooms. The testing location occupies a first-floor wing of the hotel. Each room has an individual patio opening to the river, providing patients with a relaxing and serene setting.
The homelike environment is quiet and comfortable with the best accommodations, including a top-quality mattress and luxury bed linens. When patients are able to get a good night of sleep, our technicians are able to collect the necessary data to diagnose their sleep condition.
Discover how good sleep hygiene habits can let you get the rest you need.
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