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In-Lab Sleep Studies

If your physician recommends a sleep study, we encourage you to do it. Sleep studies are safe, even during COVID-19.  A Sleep Study (Polysomnogram or PSG) is a test used to diagnose a number of sleep disorders. The study involves an overnight stay at the one of MetroHealth’s sleep lab facilities, where you will be placed in a private, single bedroom with an attached bathroom.  Occasionally studies are performed during the daytime for those who sleep during the day.  

Polysomnography records brain waves, eye movements, and muscle activity to determine if you are awake or asleep, as well as heart rate, breathing, and oxygen level in your blood.

Scheduling

Please Note: Response times for scheduling and follow up results may be delayed at this time. We appreciate your patience.

Night Sleep appointments start at 9 pm and end at 6-6:30 am, seven nights a week. Day Sleep appointments start at 7 am and end at 4-4:30 pm Monday thru Friday.

Please use MyChart or call 216-778-5864 during normal weekday business hours (8 am to 5 pm) to schedule or reschedule your sleep study. Please allow for seven days from seeing your provider to scheduling your sleep study to allow the system time to process the order and receive insurance authorization. 

Preparing for your sleep study 

  • Videos: Your Healthcare Provider will prescribe one or more online EMMI programs for you to review prior to your sleep study. 
  • ID: Please bring a current valid ID with photo and/or insurance card for identification purposes. The Sleep Lab needs to correctly identify each patient prior to the procedure.
  • Nutrition: Eat your normal breakfast, lunch and dinner. Avoid caffeine after 2 pm, avoid napping the day of the test, and avoid alcohol on the night of the study. No food or drink are allowed in the Sleep Lab. 
  • Medications: Please remain on schedule with your daily medications unless otherwise instructed by your physician). Sleep aids/pills prescribed for the Sleep Study need to be picked up at the pharmacy and brought with you. The Sleep Tech will advise you as to what time to take your sleep aid. And if prescribed a new sleep aid just for the study, you will need to set up transportation to and from the Sleep Lab as you will not be allowed to drive the morning after the study. 
  • Hygiene: Shower and wash your hair. Only use light oils/lotions on your skin and hair. 
  • Attire: Bring comfortable and loose-fitting clothing such as gowns, pajamas, t-shirts with shorts or jogging pants. 
  • Special Assistance and Accommodations: The Sleep Lab will only allow nursing aids or family members acting as medical care assistants to stay with you if needed. Specialized equipment such as Hoyer lifts must be brought from home and operated by the family and/or nursing care provider. 

What happens during the study

  • At the initiation of the study, several small metal disks and wires (leads) are pasted to your scalp to monitor your brain waves (the technician must have access to the front, top, back and sides of the scalp area of the head).
  • Another set of leads are attached to your chest, sides of the eyes, chin, and legs to monitor your heart rhythm and muscle activity. The leads do not hurt, irritate or damage your skin or hair.
  • Stretchy bands are placed around your chest and stomach, a small sensor and cannula are positioned near your nose and mouth, and an oxygen monitor is placed on your index finger. These detect your breathing and oxygen levels.
  • A video camera is used to determine your sleeping position and body movements. 

If necessary, a technician may wake you up during the night and ask you to wear a mask covering your nose and/or mouth to deliver continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).  This may help with your breathing while you sleep. 

Safety during COVID

We take the following precautions to keep you safe during a sleep study:

  • Cleaning and Sanitizing: we are treating hotel room as if they’re hospital spaces; we clean every surface with hospital-grade cleaning before and after every sleep study
  • PPE: our staff wear appropriate personal protection equipment
  • Private rooms: all sleep study rooms are private with minimal staff contact throughout the night
  • Social distancing: during check in and check out, we maintain social distancing guidelines

Addresses and Driving Instructions 

We see patients referred to clinic at our main campus and our satellite locations. We have four sites where we perform sleep studies:

MetroHealth Center for Sleep Medicine (adults and children)
MetroHealth Main Campus
2500 MetroHealth Drive
Cleveland OH 44109

  • Enter through the Emergency Department Entrance 
  • Take "C" elevators to the 3rd floor 
  • Check-in at Heart & Vascular, Pulmonary waiting area 

MetroHealth Center for Sleep Medicine – South Campus (adults only)
Marriott Residence Inn Independence
5101 West Creek Road
Independence OH 44131

  • When approaching hotel parking lot, take extreme right toward Building 19
  • Park or get dropped off near Building 19
  • Enter through Building 19
  • Check-in at Suite 1911   

MetroHealth Center for Sleep Medicine
Aloft Cleveland Beachwood
1010 Eaton Blvd.
Beachwood, OH 44122

  • Park in front of the hotel 
  • Enter through the lobby 
  • Take elevators to the 4th floor, suite #448

MetroHealth Center for Sleep Medicine
Sonesta, Middleburg Heights
17525 Rosbough Blvd.
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

  • Make right into Sonesta Suites and drive toward three story brick building
  • Look for MetroHealth sign in lobby window, park vehicle and enter lobby
  • Call 216-386-6845 informing techs you have arrived
  • One of our techs will come down to escort you to the suite

Please Note: Each of our sites are Accredited by AASM.

Sleep study results 

Results will be available in 3 to 4 weeks post study.

The Sleep Techs cannot discuss with you or answer any questions about the results of your Sleep study, as it is required to be “scored” and then reviewed by a Sleep Physician first.

If you are not a Sleep Clinic patient, you can still schedule an appointment to see one of our Sleep Providers to review the results of your study. Based on the results, the provider will determine if any medical equipment is needed. 

If you are an existing Sleep Clinic patient, your Sleep provider will contact you with your results through MyChart or by phone to schedule a follow up appointment.  If you have questions about your results or need to contact the office to schedule an appointment with a Sleep provider, please call 216-778-5864.