A Guide to Your Sleep Study

WHAT IS A SLEEP STUDY?

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A sleep study is somewhat like spending a night in a hotel. Only during a sleep study you have small sensors attached to your body that monitor your breathing, heart, brain activity, oxygen levels and leg movements during the night. This information provides the sleep technicians and Sleep Physicians with as much information as possible. A sleep technician and a registered nurse monitor your sleep study on a computer from a seperate monitoring room: they do not stay in your room overnight. If you do need anything during the night, all you need to do is use the call button in your room and our qualified staff will come to assist you.

 

Bands are put around your waist and chest and the sensors are attached to your skin with non-invasive adhesive pads (much like a band-aid). All the sensors are used to monitor how you sleep and how your body responds to any sleep problems you might have.

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HOW DO I PREPARE FOR A SLEEP STUDY?

THE DAY BEFORE ARRIVING

Before the night of your study you will need to do ensure you have completed the following:

 

  • To complete your booking we require your referral. You can fax this to us on (07) 3870 0233 or email it toadmin@tsgq.com.au
  • Ensure that your private health fund covers the cost of the sleep study (item number 12203). Also be aware you may need to pay an excess for the overnight hospital admission depending on your level of cover.
  • You need to preadmit yourself into hospital at least 24 hours before check-in. You can post the preadmission forms to the hospital or you can preadmit yourself online or over the phone.

 

Note: Nambour Selangor Private Hospital prefers admission forms to be posted or online admissions to be made.

 

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451 Coronation Drive
Auchenflower, QLD 4066
P: (07) 3232 7777

 

Go online to admit yourself at the Welsey Hospital

 

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 62 Netherton Street
Nambour, QLD 4560
(07) 5459 7444

 

 Go online to admit yourself at Nambour Selangor Private Hospital

 

ON THE DAY OF THE STUDY

Before you come in to have an overnight sleep study you should remember to follow a few instructions that will help us greatly.

 

  • Please shower and wash your hair the day of the study: this will improve the quality of the EEG recordings.
  • Avoid using conditioner, styling products or facial moisturisers before the study as the sensors will not adhere well.
  • Keep to your normal routine: For instance, if you usually drink tea, coffee or alcohol in the evenings, you should do so on the night of your study.
  • Follow your normal sleeping pattern for the weeks leading up to your study
  • Continue taking your usual prescribed and non-prescribed medications, unless your referring doctor has advised otherwise. Remember to bring your medications with you on the night.

 

WHAT TO BRING

You will need to bring with you on the night of your study:

  • Pajamas: 2 piece pajamas are preferred over nightgowns. Sleepwear must be worn
  • Toiletries
  • Medications including medications you take at night or in the morning
  • Your questionnaire and consent form (other paperwork should also be brought just in case it is needed)

 


You should make sure you have dinner before you arrive
at admissions.

 

If need be, you can bring a meal with you and we can heat it up when you arrive. You can also bring your favourite pillow or a blanket to help you sleep. A nightcap is also accepted in the lab.

 

Smoking is not permitted once you have been admitted for your study. So bring some nicotine patches or gum to get through the night. E-cigarettes are not permitted.

FAQ’s

How will I be able to sleep in a strange environment; and with sensors attached to me?
Most people coming into the sleep centre worry that they won’t be able to sleep. The sensors that are used are non-invasive and after about 20 minutes, most people become accustommed to them.
We understand that your sleep may not be as good as it usually is and so we take this into account. But the vast majority of people visiting the sleep lab do find they get a reasonable amount of sleep, despite their initial reservations.

 

I go to the bathroom a lot during the night. Will that be a problem?
This is no problem. The overnight staff are awake all night monitoring your study. If you need to go to the bathroom at any time during the night, simply press the call button and the technicians will come to disconnect you from the monitoring device. Disconnecting from the device is simple, taking only a couple of seconds to unplug 2 or 3 cables.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY SLEEP STUDY?

After arriving at the hospital’s main admissions desk, you’ll be checked in by hospital staff and shortly after, accompanied to the sleep study rooms by our friendly overnight sleep technicians and nurses.

 

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YOUR ROOM

You will be staying in a private, airconditioned room with an ensuite, television and reading material. After you have been shown around your room, the technician will ask you to change into your nightwear.

 

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The overnight technicians and sleep nurses will set you up with small sensors. The sensors attach to your skin. None of the sensors are painful and simply stick to your skin like a bandaid. The set-up takes 30-40 minutes per patient. Because the sleep technician is looking after up to 3 patients a night, your set-up may not start straight away, however we always try to have everyone in bed before their usual bed-time.

 

OralApplianceStudyPicDURING THE NIGHT

Overnight, the technicians will monitor several physiological traces from a separate monitoring room. They stay awake all night and so if you require anything, all you need to do is press the call button located near your bed. If any sensors fall off during the night, the technicians are there to stick them back on. You don’t need to worry about the sensors. Simply try and sleep as you normally do.

 

If you do need to go to the bathroom during the night simply press the call button for the overnight technicians to disconnect you from the machine. Even with all the sensors on you it is easy to move around.

 

IN THE MORNING

You will be woken up by the same technicians the following morning and be discharged between 6.30am – 7.00am. If you need to leave earlier than this time please inform the sleep lab technicians upon arrival. You’ll be served breakfast and offered and shower before leaving the sleep centre, however, once you have been woken up and the technician has confirmed they have everything they need from you, you can leave the sleep centre at any time before 7am.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY SLEEP STUDY?

If your referring doctor has requested that you have a follow-up consult with a Sleep Physician, you will be contacted by one of the Physician’s practice staff shortly after the study to book a consult (if not already). If your referring doctor did not request a follow-up consult, the sleep study results will be sent back to your doctor within 7 days of the study. It is then up to your referring doctor and yourself to arrange an appointment. If a second sleep study is recommended, your referring doctor will need to provide you with a new referral to one of our Sleep Physicians for a consultation.

WHY SHOULD I HAVE A SLEEP STUDY?

In Australia, it’s estimated 10-20% of the adult population have a sleep disorder that requires treatment. Having a sleep study is quick and effective in determining if this could be a significant health issue for you. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is by far the most common sleep disorder seen in the sleep centre, however there are still an estimated 85-90% of sufferers not being treated. Some reasons why treating OSA is so important are:

 

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  • 80% of drug resistant hypertensive patients have OSA
  • 70% of stroke patients have OSA
  • 60% of poorly controlled diabetics have OSA
  • 50% of clinically depressed patients have OSA
  • OSA sufferers are 10 times more likely to have motor vehicle accidents

 

A sleep study can screen for other sleep disorders as well and can help diagnose

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoiea
  • Central Sleep Apnoea
  • Mixed Sleep Apnoea
  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
  • Parasomnias (like night terrors or sleep walking)
  • Nocturnal Epilepsy
  • Narcolepsy and Hypersomnolence

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