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Utah Sleep and Pulmonary Specialists | 9103 South 1300 West | Suite 103 | West Jordan, UT 84088
Phone: 801-432-8690       Fax: 801-432-8681

Sleep Lab 
 

A sleep study, or polysomnogram (PSG), is a study which electronically records information about how you sleep. Information is collected by a sleep technician and analyzed by a qualified physician to determine if you have a sleep disorder or not.

Our testing facility provides comfortable beds, in all sizes – cribs, twins and full size! Rooms are designed for comfort and quiet, to enhance optimal sleep. Each bedroom is equipped with a television and either a private bathroom or a bathroom right next to the bedroom. Our facilities are ADA compliant, including the shower.

During the study, electrodes and monitoring devices record brainwaves, breathing effort, snoring, leg movements, heart rate, and blood-oxygen level. Sleep behavior is also video taped, throughout the night. Signals are transmitted across the hall to the monitoring station, where the signals appears on the sleep technician’s computer.

Sleep technicians greet you for your study. They help you get comfortable in your “bedroom” and ready for “hook-up.” Hook-up entails putting “leads” or monitoring devices on the scalp, parts of the face, chest and legs. Leads are stuck on with an adhesive, like a small bandage. Small areas of the scalp may be cleaned prior to lead placement, but no other preparation is necessary.  Sleep technicians monitor your sleep on a computer – one to each room. If they see that information is not being accurately transmitted, because a lead came loose or fell off, the technician will enter the room and re-place it. If you are a child, or you are accompanying your child to a sleep study, be reassured that our technicians are experienced in “hooking up” children, of all ages and personalities! We realize that many children are wary of having electrodes placed on their skin.  The sleep technicians will place as many leads as possible, and then wait until the child falls asleep to place the remaining leads. If a child wakes and pulls the leads off, all attempts to reassuringly and calmly replace the leads will take place. Placing the leads DOES NOT HURT!

There are several different types of sleep studies.  They include:

  • A routine, diagnostic, overnight PSG.
  • A routine, diagnostic, overnight PSG with full EEG.
  • PAP titration (CPAP, BiPAP, Etc.): a PSG performed with the ordered PAP device.  The pressure of these devices are titrated throughout the night to determine which PAP pressure is the optimal treatment of the sleep apnea.
  • A split night study: one half of the night is performed without PAP and the other half of the night is performed as a PAP titration.

How Do You Prepare for a Study?

It is important that your skin and hair are clean. No lotions, gels, mousse, etc. should be applied to your hair or skin prior to the study. Bring PJs (preferably two-piece) and your toothbrush and toothpaste.  Bring things for the next morning, if you are leaving the sleep lab and going straight to work or school.  If you are going to take a shower in the morning, bring your personal shower items.  Towels and washcloths are provided.

Children should bring their favorite stuffed animal, blanket, or anything else that helps them fall asleep. Our goal is for the child (and parent) to feel safe and comfortable during the study. Trying to re-create a bedtime routine, similar to the one at home is often helpful, such as, a bedtime snack, reading a book, saying prayers, etc.

*There is a kitchen in the sleep lab, just down the hall from the rooms, equipped with a microwave and refrigerator. Snacks, juice and coffee are available in the morning.

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