Sleep studies

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For people experiencing insomnia and daytime sleepiness, or who suffer from snoring or sleep apnoea, getting through an average day can be difficult.


These and other sleep conditions affect up to one third of the population with individuals generally unable to regain control over their sleeping habits due to poor sleep hygiene.


Epworth Camberwell’s sleep unit is a leading provider of sleep study assessment and treatment and offers comprehensive overnight studies to observe and diagnose a wide range of sleep disorders.


Sleep analysis is conducted in very comfortable soundproof private rooms with advanced non-invasive monitoring equipment, allowing the unit’s team to closely observe sleep during overnight stays.


Epworth’s team of specialist sleep scientists then analyse the study and send a preliminary report back to the referring sleep physician, who diagnoses the sleep disorder and provides appropriate treatment recommendations.​


For more information on a sleep study, call 03 9805 4208 or email rehab@epworth.org.au.


sleep-unit-brochure-2015.pdfDownload the Epworth Camberwell sleep unit brochure

 


What is an overnight sleep study?

 

An overnight sleep study or polysomnography (PSG) is a non-invasive test that is performed when the presence of a sleep disorder is suspected. All sleep studies are conducted in a private room and do not cause any pain or significant discomfort.

 

Prior to going to sleep, sensors are placed on the head, face, chest, stomach, legs and fingers. These sensors are kept in place with medical tapes and pastes. Throughout the night, sleep scientists monitor:

 

  • brain wave activity

  • respiration

  • eye movement activity

  • heart rate

  • muscle tone

  • blood oxygen level.

  

 

What happens when I come to the slee​p unit at Epworth Camberwell?


On the day of your appointment we ask that you report to main reception at 6.45pm. This allows ample time to complete hospital admission paperwork, meet staff, settle into the room, fill out pre-test questionnaires and be set up with the monitoring equipment prior to your regular bedtime. It may take a little longer to fall asleep due to the unfamiliar environment. The study concludes between 6.00 – 6.30am the following morning.


Private en-suites are located in each room for showering and a light breakfast is supplied by the hospital at 7am. Most patients are ready to leave the sleep unit by 8am. Please let our staff know if you need to leave earlier.



Sleep study results


After the sleep study has been completed, sleep scientists analyse the data. A technical report is prepared indicating the presence and severity of a sleep disorder. The results are subsequently reviewed by a sleep physician who provides treatment recommendations.


It may be necessary for further overnight sleep studies to be conducted depending on the results of the initial study. You will need to make a follow up appointment with the treating sleep physician. If you are having a diagnostic sleep study, you should see the physician around two weeks later. The physician will discuss your results with you at this appointment.


If you are having a treatment sleep study, you will need to see your physician approximately four to six weeks later, depending on the doctor’s preference.



How much will a sleep study cost?


Epworth Rehabilitation is a private facility and hospital accounts will be sent directly to your private health fund. Most funds cover sleep studies. You may berequired to pay an excess or co-payment depending on their insurance policy. Please check with individual funds for further details. Payments can be made by cash, cheque or credit card at reception upon arrival.


A cancellation fee of $150 may apply if you cancel your sleep study with less than 48 hours notice.

 


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For referrals and enquiries:

 

rehabilitation-digital-referral.pdf Use our digital referral form and submit it online


Call        03 9805 4208

Email     rehab@epworth.org.au

Fax         03 9982 6696

 
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