About your sleep study

Why am I having a Sleep Study?

Your doctor will have referred you for a sleep study to determine if you have a sleep disorder called Sleep Apnoea. The indications for a sleep study include:

  • Snoring that is disturbing your partner
  • Waking unrefreshed
  • Feeling drowsy whilst driving
  • Restless or Disturbed sleep sometimes resulting in insomnia
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom during the night
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Waking up with a headache
  • High blood pressure (or on medication)
  • Diabetes type 11
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Depression
  • Low libido

What is Sleep Apnoea?

Almost 90% of Australians suffer a sleep problem sometime in their lives. Some may be easily recognized and corrected with lifestyle change, whilst others require complex tests and medical assistance to treat correctly.

Besides causing tiredness and compromising memory, motivation and mood, sleep apnoea ranks in the top ten risk factors for other diseases in the Australian population. This means it causes more ill health than alcohol in our community.

Obstructive Sleep apnoea (OSA) is one of the most common sleep related breathing disorders amongst adults. Snoring, daytime tiredness, irritability, broken sleep, poor memory, concentration and lack of motivation occur in people suffering from sleep apnoea. Often the partner's quality of sleep is compromised either due to the snoring or their awareness that their partner ceases breathing which can lead to relationship stresses.

People with sleep apnoea repeatedly stop breathing during their sleep usually because of a blockage in the back of the throat due to the collapse of soft tissues obstructing the airway. This can cause drops in blood oxygen levels, elevated heart rate and blood pressure. These changes can affect long term heart and brain health as well as day to day well–being. Brief awakenings to recommence breathing lead to broken sleep resulting in tiredness despite reasonable bedtimes.

Sufferers may wake with a suffocating or choking feeling. This is a condition that occurs in both men and women and is often noticed in snorers because when the snore stops, partners notice that breathing has also stopped. Snoring and symptoms of sleep deprivation are the usual reasons people with sleep apnoea see their doctors to finally get diagnosed.

How do I organise a study?

  • Discuss your symptoms with your doctor or Specialist
  • Request a referral or download a referral form from our website (*207kb PDF)
  • Your doctor will then fax your referral to Sleepscreen
  • SleepScreen Staff will phone you, discuss the process and arrange an appointment date
  • A sleep study information pack will be either posted or emailed to you to complete and return to the Clinic.
  • All data is reviewed, interpreted and reported by Dr Rosemary Gan, Sleep & Respiratory Physician

What is involved in a Sleep Study?

A home based sleep study involves a 45 minute appointment with trained professionals. The consultation will cover. ( patient set up with equipment image here)

Sleep Study Set-Up

  • What is sleep apnoea and why you are being tested
  • Perform a comprehensive assessment involving sleep & lifestyle history
  • Set you up with the equipment. The sleep device is fitted over the top of your clothing. Small leads are placed around your head and body to measure brain activity for sleep / awake corroboration, heart rate monitoring, oxygen levels and Respiratory airflow, leg movements and body position
  • The device must be left on for 8 hours once the study has commenced. For example 10pm to 6am
  • The equipment is removed by yourself the following morning and delivered back to the clinic.

Preparation for my sleep study

  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine, or other stimulants on the day of the sleep study
  • Complete and sign the Sleep study paperwork that you will have received. The device is preset so please note the time you would like the device to start on the night of the study on the paperwork
  • Bring your Medicare card and/or pension card to the appointment
  • Have a shower prior to your appointment as you will not be able to shower once you have been set up
  • Particular clothing is recommended for the study. A singlet or tea shirt and loose fitting pants or shorts are best suited. A jacket or large tea shirt worn over the top of the device is recommended to wear home. Skirts and tight clothing including jeans are NOT suitable
  • It is recommended to go straight home after the appointment

Female losse clothing Female loose trousers

Male shorts Singlet

When and how do I get my results?

  • Results are forwarded to your referring doctor within 10 – 14 days
  • All patients are notified either via text, phone or email when results have been sent
  • Please arrange an appointment with your doctor after two weeks to discuss your results. Sleepscreen staff cannot provide you with your results

What happens if my test is positive?

Detailed recommendations are placed within your report and a positive result does NOT always indicate that treatment is required. There are different levels of severity with sleep apnoea and only a certain criteria require intervention.

If intervention is indicated:

  • Sleepscreen will email or post you relevant information to assist you with making an informed decision regarding your options
  • Your doctor may refer you back to the clinic for CPAP therapy if it is recommended (CPAP treatment link here)
  • If a Specialist appointment has been arranged and is warranted for further follow up, staff from her rooms will be in contact

If you have any questions about the process, please Contact us.

*If you need the free Adobe Reader, download it from Adobe's website.