Learn about the different ways we can work with you to diagnose, treat, and manage your sleep health.

What is a sleep study?

A Sleep study, also known as polysomnography, is a non-invasive overnight test that records your oxygen levels, heart rate, airflow, snoring, and other parameters while you are asleep. A Sleep study aims to determine if you have a sleep disorder and what treatment may best suit your needs.

At Breathe Well, we provide Level 3 Sleep studies at all of our locations. A Level 3 Sleep study is conducted in your own home. Once you book an appointment, you will be asked to stop by the clinic and pick up the necessary equipment to take with you. Along with the appropriate equipment, you will receive detailed instructions on performing the test from a sleep study technician. Once complete, the sleep study will be scored by trained polysomnography experts and then interpreted by a Respirologist.

If you experience symptoms such as heavy snoring and daytime sleepiness, schedule a consultation via our website, as no referral is required. Please expect a maximum of 2 weeks waiting period as we do our best to accommodate all our clients.

Price point: $50

Sleep tests are professionally scored and validated. If moderate or severe, it is also interpreted by a Sleep Medicine Physician. The Sleep Study is by appointment only, with no referral required. The initial appointment takes about 30 minutes where you are shown how to use the equipment. You take the machine home to wear to bed and it has to be returned the next business day by noon. Results take approximately 2 weeks. Results are forwarded to your family/referring physician.

Preparing for a sleep study is essential to ensure your comfort and maximize the accuracy of the results. By taking a few simple steps beforehand, you can create an environment that promotes relaxation and enhances the effectiveness of the study. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to prepare for a sleep study:

Before scheduling your sleep study:

  1. Consult your doctor regarding your medications: It’s important to discuss any medications you are currently taking with your doctor. Certain medications can interfere with the results of the sleep study. However, it’s crucial not to skip or alter your medication dosage without seeking professional advice.

On the day of your sleep study:

  1. Stick to your regular routine: Try to maintain your typical daily routine as much as possible. Following your regular habits will help you feel more relaxed and promote a more accurate representation of your sleep patterns during the study.
  2. Limit caffeine intake: Avoid consuming caffeine in the afternoon and evening leading up to the sleep study. Caffeine can interfere with your ability to fall asleep and may affect the quality of the study results.
  3. Resist the urge to nap: It’s important not to take a nap on the day of your sleep study. Napping can disrupt your sleep schedule and make it more challenging to fall asleep during the study.

The amount of sleep required for a sleep study can vary depending on the specific purpose and protocol of the study. In general, a standard overnight sleep study, known as a polysomnography, typically involves monitoring your sleep for a required minimum of 4 hours, however, 6-8 hours is preferred. This timeframe allows for a comprehensive assessment of your sleep patterns, including the different sleep stages and any potential disruptions or abnormalities.

It’s common to experience difficulty sleeping during a polysomnography (sleep study) due to the presence of sensors. However, rest assured that this typically does not impact the accuracy of your test results. Nevertheless, if you have any concerns or difficulties, it’s essential to communicate them to your Respiratory Therapist. They will be able to address your concerns and provide appropriate guidance. Remember, your Respiratory Therapist is there to support you throughout the sleep study process and ensure you have a comfortable experience.