Quincy Medical Group’s Sleep Center has experienced and professional Polysomnographic Technologists who provide quality care to each patient. They will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. Male and female technicians are on most shifts to meet your specific needs or concerns. Some time will be given for you to make yourself at home in our sleep center bedroom. No other patients will be in the room with you and you will have access to a private bathroom.
You will not feel any pain during the polysomnogram. The sensors are gently placed on your skin and connected to a computer. The wires are long enough to let you move around and turn over in bed.
You are free to read or watch TV until the suggested sleep time and then the lights are turned out and it is time for you to try to fall asleep. A low-light video camera allows a technologist to see you from a nearby room. He or she will have to enter your room if a sensor comes loose. He or she will also have to detach the wires if you need to go to the bathroom during the night.
The polysomnogram is not a test that you can fail. Nearly everyone falls asleep during the study. Most people do not sleep as well as they do at home. This will not affect the results. In most cases, you do not need to sleep for a full eight hours to find the source of your sleep problem.
In The Morning
Typically, wake up is between 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. The sensors will be removed and this will complete the study. You will be free to go. If your work schedule requires you to leave early, please let the sleep technician know before the test starts.
Most patients are able to attend to their normal activities (work, school, etc.) in the morning following their sleep study. You may be tired if you did not sleep well during the night. Otherwise, you can return to normal activities on the day after a sleep study.
Your referring provider will receive a copy of your sleep study as well as a recommendation from a board-certified sleep physician. Please contact your referring provider for a follow-up appointment to discuss your results.