Frequently Asked Questions

Sleep Lab

 

 

 

How do I get to the the Sleep and Apnea Assessment Unit?

What should I bring?

Is there any special preparation needed?

What happens during an Overnight Sleep Study?

What happens during a MSLT - Multiple Sleep Latency Test?

What if I have Special Needs?

Are meals provided?

What about my medications?

When will I get my test results?

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?

 


How do I get to the Sleep and Apnea Assessment Unit?

Use the Baseline Road entrance. Overnight parking is available in Parking Lot 7. Payment of $12 (credit card) is made as you exit the lot.

The Sleep and Apnea Assessment Unit is located in Zone E on the fourth floor 300 wing (right off of the elevator).


What should I bring?

  •  Health card

  • Pajamas

  • Toiletries (tooth brush, tooth paste, comb, brush, etc)

  • Prescription medication

  • List of all current medications

  • Snacks and water

  • Book/reading material

  • CPAP mask and headgear ONLY (if applicable)


Is there any special preparation needed?

There is no special preparation needed. You should eat a normal meal before coming to the lab. To ensure the best results please do not use moisturizers or lotions on your skin and ensure that your hair is clean and free of oils or gel on the day or your test. Please do not use scented products as this is a fragrance-free area.


What happens during an Overnight Sleep Study?

During your sleep, the lab technicians will monitor your brain activity, leg  muscle activity, chin muscle tone, eye muscle movement, heart function, breathing patterns and blood oxygen saturation.  Some optional testing may be done such as carbon dioxide levels. 

All monitoring is done by attaching small metal discs (electrodes) to the surface of the skin.  In order to obtain the best results, electrodes need to be placed on a clean scalp.  Please ensure your hair is clean, dry, and free of oils or gels on the day of your test. 

You will be awakened at 6am and the electrodes will be removed.  Since they are applied with water soluble paste and tape, removal is quick and easy.  You can expect to be discharged around 6:30am.   


What happens during a MSLT - Multiple Sleep Latency Test?

The doctor may wish to also do sleep testing the day after your overnight study. This is called a multiple sleep latency test and consists of four chances to nap at two hour intervals. This test helps to document the extent of daytime sleepiness. If a MSLT is required you will be notified when your overnight study is booked. You will be discharged at 3:00 p.m. 


What if I have Special Needs?

Staff are sleep technologists and are unable to provide medical care for special needs. 

Staff will need notification in advance if you use;

  • Wheelchair
  • Oxygen
  • Catheters or any tube drainage
  • Ostomy care
  • Any other special needs

Note: Supplies for these special needs are  not  available in the Sleep & Apnea Assessment Unit


Are meals provided?

Please eat a normal meal before coming to the test. We do not provide meals or snacks. Please bring your own snacks, but you won’t have access to appliances.


What about my medications?

Patients are required to bring all their medications along with a list of all their medications and their dosages. Unless otherwise stated, patients should continue to take all their medications as normal (including over the counter medications).

Note: Staff of the Sleep & Apnea Assessment Unit are technologists/technicians and are not able to administer/provide medications.


When will I get my test results?

Your test result will be analyzed in the lab and a written report will be sent to the physician who referred you for the sleep study. This may take up to six weeks. The Sleep & Apnea Assessment Unit staff are unable to provide you with test results. Please contact your referring physician should you have questions about your results.


What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?

We require 48 hours advance notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment. If this is not provided or if you miss your scheduled appointment, the Sleep Medicine Associates will bill you a $100 fee unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Monday to Friday (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Booking Clerk 519-667-6855

Email: Sleepmedicine@lhsc.on.ca

After hours and weekends
Sleep and Apnea Assessment Unit

519-685-8500 ext. 75614