FAQs About Sleep Studies and Your Sleep Health

Your nightly habits and the quality of your sleep can affect your overall health as well. If you are experiencing sleep problems or other concerns affecting your quality of sleep, requesting an appointment with a sleep specialist can help you get the answers you need. Your doctor may determine that a sleep study is the best approach to get you back on the road to good health. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about sleep studies and your sleep health:

Q:  When are sleep studies done?

A:  To understand exactly what is causing your sleep problems under your typical sleeping conditions, your study will be conducted during the hours of the day that you would normally be sleeping. To make you feel as comfortable as possible, our rooms have been designed look and feel more like hotel rooms, rather than traditional hospital rooms. This includes offering special accommodations for individuals who are handicapped.

Q:  Will I be uncomfortable during the sleep study?

A:  No. During the study, monitors, about the size of a small bandage, will be applied to your skin, but they do not cause any discomfort while you sleep. You are always welcome to come and tour the Sleep Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital prior to participating in a sleep study.

Q:  Which type of treatment is better, a sleep study done at home or at the Sleep Center?

A:  Sleep studies done at home are typically better for those with severe sleep problems, while studies done at the Sleep Center are better for those who have mild or moderate symptoms.

Q:  If I have a sleep study done, does that mean I have sleep apnea and need treatment for it?

A:  No. Many people experience sleep problems that are not related to sleep apnea. A sleep study can help to determine the cause of the problems and help to restore healthful sleep.

Many sleep disorders, such as insomnia, may not require a sleep study at all because they are often a result of another issue.

Q:  If it’s determined that I have sleep apnea, will I have to wear a CPAP mask when I sleep?

A:  No. The care our doctors and sleep technicians offer is based on your particular needs and what treatments will work best to have you healthy as soon as possible. CPAP masks are typically recommended only for those with moderate to severe sleep apnea.

Q:  If I need to start using a CPAP mask, do I need to have a second visit?

A:  A second visit is only necessary if you have a history of heart or lung disease.

Q:  Will I have to see a sleep doctor?

A:  Normally, it will be recommended that you see a sleep doctor only if your primary care physician feels it is needed. A sleep doctor may also be recommended if you continue to have sleep problems after receiving your initial treatment.

Q:  Are sleep studies covered by my health insurance?

A:  Your insurance provider can provide you with information about whether or not your treatment will be covered.