An In-Hospital Sleep Study is an overnight, comprehensive analysis of sleeping patterns. Upon arrival to the clinic, a technician will perform an initial assessment to assess your vital signs and will take photographs to assist our sleep physicians to make interpretations of your results. A respiratory and nasal resistance test may also be performed according to standard procedures.
The sleep study set up will take approximately 45mins to complete. During the process, multiple leads will be applied to your head, face, chest and legs. In order to obtain a comprehensive analysis of your sleep, leads are applied to obtain information on brain activity, cardiac electrical activity, respiratory efforts, breathing behaviour, and limb movements for the duration of the night. All leads serve a unique purpose, therefore the application of each lead is important.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly technicians.
What are the risks?
Sleep studies are a non-invasive, painless procedure. Although the risk factors are minimal, slight skin abrasions may arise due to the over preparation/ cleaning of the skin with an abrasive gel. Mild skin irritation from the adhesive material used on the electrodes may also arise, however often subside once the leads are removed. Please advise if you have any relevant allergies. Allergic reactions may happen due to the use of medical tape and other products on the skin, and would only be topical.
Throughout the procedure, slight discomfort may be felt as a result of the numerous leads applied to the body and the longevity of the procedure. We aim to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
What happens next?
Upon completion of the procedure, the test results will be formulated. The study aims to identify the presence of a sleep disorder, and/or sleep disordered breathing. Results will be sent, with recommendations for treatment if required, to your referring doctor and any additional doctor specified by you.