What Is A Sleep Study?

The medical term for a sleep study is "polysomnogram," which is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure that usually requires spending a night or two in a sleep testing center. During a polysomnogram, a sleep technologist records multiple biological functions during sleep, such as brain wave activity, eye movement, muscle tone, heart rhythm and breathing via electrodes and monitors placed on the head, chest and legs.

Sleep studies are conducted at the Sleep Center at Memorial. Learn more about preparing for a sleep study.

Once at the Sleep Center, you'll see that testing bedrooms are designed to make you as comfortable as possible during your stay. The private rooms are tastefully decorated and feature a cozy bed, a desk, credenza, television and restroom. Our goal is to make you "at home" as much as possible.

Sleep study room

After a full night's sleep is recorded, the data will be tabulated by a technologist and presented to a physician for interpretation. Depending on the physician's orders, patients may be given therapy during the course of the study, which may include medication, oxygen or a device called continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP).

We are committed to partnering with your primary health care provider to resolve your sleep issues and get you back to sleep. They will receive timely and complete information about your ongoing treatment.

The Sleep Center at Memorial is a member of the National Sleep Foundation.