Frequently Asked Questions

Woman sleeping during a medical sleep testWill the sleep tests hurt?

NO. The wires and monitors are, at times, annoying and cumbersome, but there is NO pain involved. If Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) is used, it may be a bit uncomfortable at first, but most patients quickly adapt and usually find that it improves their sleep.

What about meals?

Sleep Study (PSG): Have dinner before you come to the lab for the PSG. If you usually snack, bring something with you. Meals are not provided between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT): Breakfast and lunch are provided.

What clothing should I wear?

Something comfortable is best, however, clothing should allow the technician access to placement of the electrodes. A two-piece pajama set or the equivalent works very well.

What time will I be finished?

Overnight PSG Test: Finished by 5 a.m.
MSLT Test: Finished by 2-3 p.m.

When will I be informed of the results of my test?

Each test generates as much as 1,000 pages of computer data which must be analyzed and reviewed by the interpreting physician. A completed report is usually available within 7 to 14 days after the test is completed.

How do I schedule a sleep study?

A physician's order with insurance authorization, if applicable, is required. Contact your primary care physician or pulmonologist to assist you with scheduling an appointment.

If you are sick

If you develop a fever, vomiting or are not feeling well, the study should be postponed. If you're unsure, contact us at 813-870-4450 to discuss your illness.


If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call 813-870-4450 as soon as possible so we may offer your spot to another patient.

For more information, please call (813) 870-4450