Do I need a sleep study?

Sleep Studies

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing is interrupted during sleep. It usually occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked. But some cases result from the brain not sending the right signals to the body to breathe. Either way, interrupted breathing makes getting quality sleep difficult.

If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, your doctor will likely want you to have a sleep study to confirm the diagnosis. Symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring loudly, waking up gasping for air, sleeping through the night but not feeling rested, and being very tired and irritable.

How do I Get a Sleep Study?

If you are tired throughout the day and feel like you’re not getting the restorative sleep you need, talk to your doctor. He or she will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam.

If your physician thinks you might have sleep apnea or another type of sleep disorder, he or she will refer you to a sleep doctor. Your sleep doctor will then order a sleep test to be performed at home or at a sleep center.

What’s the Difference Between a Home Sleep Study and One at a Sleep Center?

A sleep study is one of the easiest medical tests you’ll ever take. You’ll likely sleep through the entire study. And with our in-home sleep studies, you can get answers right from the comfort of your own bed.

With an in-home study, you’ll pick a night that will work best for you. The day before, you’ll meet with a certified sleep technologist at one of our sleep centers in DuBois or St. Marys. He or she will provide you with sleep study equipment and instructions for the study.

That night, you’ll wear the equipment while you sleep. The results will be recorded in a device smaller than your cell phone. Then you’ll simply return the equipment to the sleep center. From there, one of our sleep specialists will read and analyze the study results.

If you need further evaluation, your doctor will recommend an in-lab sleep study. For this test, you’ll come to one of our sleep centers in the evening. You’ll meet with a sleep specialist and get ready for bed. You’ll then be fitted with equipment that will monitor your breathing activity, heart rate, and eye movement while you sleep. When you awake in the morning, you can feel free to shower and get ready for the day or head straight home. Your doctor will follow up with you about your sleep study results.

Where are Sleep Studies Performed?

If your home sleep study indicates you need further evaluation, your doctor will refer you to one of our sleep centers for an in-lab sleep study. Our sleep lab in DuBois is located in the DuBois Community Medical Building. Our St. Marys location is at Penn Highlands Elk.

Both sleep labs are fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and use the latest sleep study technology. But don’t worry about how you’ll be able to fall asleep in a “lab.” Our private, hotel-quality rooms are beautifully decorated and feature queen beds with luxurious linens. You are encouraged to bring your favorite pillow and any other personal items that will make you more comfortable.

Sleep Studies at Penn Highlands

The Sleep Disorders Center is located on the 2nd Floor of the DuBois Community Medical Center.

Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

  • In-Home Sleep Studies
  • In-Lab Sleep Studies

Sleep Disorders Center - DuBois

621 S. Main Street
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-3223

The Sleep Lab is located on the 1st Floor of the Penn Highlands Elk.

Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

  • In-Home Sleep Studies
  • In-Lab Sleep Studies

Sleep Lab - Elk

763 Johnsonburg Road
St. Marys, PA 15857
814-375-3223

The Sleep Lab is located on the 3rd floor of the Hospital in the Specialty Care Clinic.

Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
In-Home Sleep Studies
In-Lab Sleep Studies

Sleep Lab - Huntingdon

1225 Warm Springs Avenue
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814-643-8424

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