At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, our outpatient sleep studies are performed in a private, relaxed setting in rooms that are comfortable and home-like. You'll find a full-size bed, television, DVD and radio/CD player, a bathroom with shower and an overnight supply of toiletries.
Before Your Sleep Study
You will be asked to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start of your study and to follow your normal bedtime routine. You can bring personal toiletries and anything that helps you sleep comfortably, like a favorite pillow. In the morning, you may choose from a complimentary full hot breakfast or continental breakfast from the menu.
When arriving for your appointment, enter through the main hospital entrance and tell the receptionist you're here for a sleep study.
Before you fall asleep, our sleep technician will connect electrodes and sensors to your head, chest and legs to gather information during your sleep test, called a polysomnogram.
While You Sleep
Our sleep team will observe your electrode and sensor readings in an adjacent room, where you'll be monitored by video as you sleep.
In some cases, the polysomnogram will indicate that you may benefit from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). If so, the technician may awaken you and start a CPAP treatment, placing a mask over your nose during sleep, which gently forces air into the nasal passages to improve your breathing.
After Your Sleep Study
The sleep study will take approximately 7-10 hours, depending on the type of study. A sleep center physician will review and analyze your sleep study and forward a report and personalized treatment plan to your primary care physician. You will then be contacted to discuss your sleep study findings and treatment options.
If your sleep study is home-based, we'll work with the home care provider to set up the needed equipment.