Sleep studies are a simple, painless process where a specially trained sleep technologist monitors your brainwaves, eye movement, breathing, blood oxygen levels, heart rate and muscle activity while you sleep comfortably in one of our private sleep study rooms at our Sleep Center.
Some common sleep disorders we test for include: snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep deprivation and restless leg syndrome.
Sudden stress or a change in environment can trigger insomnia that lasts a few nights. Ongoing stress or health problems may cause insomnia that lasts up to three weeks. Chronic insomnia that lasts more than a month may be related to a more serious underlying medical or psychiatric problem, such as depression.
Anyone can develop sleep apnea, but it’s most often seen in men. People who snore loudly, are overweight, or have high blood pressure are also at risk for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.
Bring an overnight bag with personal items, including your toothbrush, soap, shampoo, etc. You’ll want to bring loose, comfortable clothing to sleep in and socks or slippers. Although pillows are provided, you are welcome to bring a pillow from home. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
We require seven hours of recording time for your study. The entire sleep study (from the moment you arrive to the time you leave) takes about 10 hours.
Child sleep studies are currently offered at our Edward Sleep Center in Warrenville. Children under 13 are required to have a parent stay the night with them. When packing your child’s overnight bag, be sure to pack enough items to satisfy your child’s needs through the night and into the next day.
You will be responsible for giving any medications to your child, as our sleep technician is not permitted to do so. Before you arrive with your child for a sleep study, please complete the Pediatric Sleep Center questionnaire. Call 630- 646-3940 for more details regarding sleep studies for children.
Results are usually available within 10 business days. Once our board-certified sleep medicine physician reviews your results and shares them with your primary care physician, your doctor’s office will set up an appointment for you come in to discuss the results. Your sleep lab technician is not permitted to share your results with you.
Your first step is to talk with your primary care physician about your symptoms. We’ll call you within 24-48 hours of receiving a written order from your physician for the appropriate testing procedure.