The Sleep Disorders Center
Our Sleep Disorders Centers in Bangor and Lincoln offer the services of neurologists with specialized training and board certification in diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.
What happens before the test?
Prior to testing, patients receive a history questionnaire regarding their sleep experiences, and a two-week sleep diary for tracking the time at which the patient goes to bed and rises, any naps taken, or awakenings during the night.
What happens during the test?
The test requires an overnight stay in the center. Depending on the patient’s symptoms, one or both of our standard studies may be indicated: polysomnography (PSG) and multiple sleep latency test (MSLT).
During the PSG, the patient’s respiratory disturbance index is measured, including total cessation or significant reduction in airflow, as well as arousals caused by lack of airflow.
Patients spend the night sleeping on real beds in comfortable, private rooms.
What happens after the test?
Within 48 hours after the sleep study, a homecare provider contacts the patient to initiate therapy. Our staff also faxes details of the treatment regimen to the referring physician. A formal PSG report by the neurologist follows this preliminary report.
What should I bring?
Patients are encouraged to bring books, iPods or whatever can help them follow their most comfortable routine for falling asleep, as well as normal sleeping attire. Electronic devices do not interfere with the electrodes that monitor the patient.
Children may bring soft toys to sleep with and a parent is encouraged to stay the night with the child.