Q. What types of sleep problems can be evaluated at Good Night Sleep Wellness Center?
A. Any sleep-related problem can be evaluated. One common problem can be insomnia, which is trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Some of the more popular causes of insomnia are restless legs syndrome (RLS), medication dependency and anxiety/depression. Another common problem is daytime sleepiness, which may be a result of more serious sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy.
Q. What does a Sleep Disorders Evaluation include?
A. A sleep disorders evaluation is a medical assessment. It may begin with an office visit where you are interviewed by a sleep disorders specialist, or your physician may simply refer you directly for overnight testing. Because the diagnosis of many sleep disorders requires you sleep overnight in the diagnostic facility, Good Night Sleep Wellness Center provides sleep rooms that are private and comfortable in a hotel-like setting. Sleep patterns are monitored by applying sensors to the skin's surface which record brain waves, muscle tone, eye movements, heart rate, breathing patterns, and body movements. This monitoring process is painless, and a technologist is available all night to assure your comfort.
Q. Will my insurance cover Sleep Evaluations?
A. Once you have been referred for a sleep disorders evaluation, overnight sleep testing is a procedure covered by most insurance plans, as well as Medicare. Good Night Sleep Wellness Center assists you by verifying your coverage and obtaining any pre-certification or authorization your insurance might require.
Q. How long does a sleep evaluation take?
A. Because the evaluation requires that sleep patterns be observed at night, you must spend the entire night at the sleep center. You will receive one-on-one attention from the technologist. All sleep rooms at Good Night Sleep Wellness Center contain televisions and DVD players. You are welcome to watch television or a DVD (which you supply) prior to bed time. Tests are generally finished by 7:00 a.m. the following morning, but if necessary, special arrangements can be made to complete the study earlier.
Q. What should I bring to an evaluation?
A. You should bring pajamas, sweats, shorts or any loose-fitting clothing in which to sleep (no nightgowns or underwear only), a bathrobe and slippers. Any toiletry items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, razor or shampoo may also be included. You are instructed to also bring a favorite pillow or blanket you may have.
Q. Can I take my usual medications?
A. All medications being taken should first be discussed with a physician before making an appointment for a sleep study. Certain medications, such as sleeping pills, stimulants, anti-histamines and drugs for anxiety and depression can interfere with the test results, and may need to be discontinued prior to the evaluation. However, unless instructed otherwise by a physician, you should continue to take all your medications on the day and night of the sleep test.