Specialties

  • What Can I Expect At My Sleep Study?

  • The Parker Sleep Disorder Center in Denver, Colorado provides comprehensive sleep studies that are directed and evaluated by board certified physicians.  Most sleep studies require an overnight stay, which we accommodate with private suites that feature attached bathrooms. Additionally, a Registered Polysomnographic Sleep Technologist (RPSGT) supervises overnight studies and will care for no more than two patients each night - ensuring that each sleep study participant we see is constantly being monitored.
    The Parker Sleep Disorder Center also provides home sleep study equipment, instruction and analysis services.

    Sleep Studies Performed at the Porter Sleep Disorder Center

    Polysomnography (PSG) 
    This is an overnight sleep study that requires between six to eight hours over night to complete. You will stay in a private, beautifully decorated room so that you feel as close to home as possible. You may bring your own sleep clothing, pillow and personal items for a comfortable stay. Learn more about Polysomnography. 
    Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) 
    The MSLT test is a diagnostic test to establish narcolepsy or excessive daytime sleepiness. The test consists of four to five daytime naps timed two hours apart. In between naps the patient is not permitted to sleep or consume stimulants such as coffee, chocolate or nicotine.  Typically the MSLT is performed the day after the overnight polysomnography test to rule out other sleep disorders that may be causing symptoms that mimic narcolepsy. 
    Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) 
    The Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) is used to measure how alert you are during the day. It shows whether or not you are able to stay awake for a defined period of time and is an indicator of how well you are able to function and remain alert in quiet times of inactivity. The MWT is used to see if someone with a sleep disorder is responding well to treatment. Results of multiple tests may be compared over a period of time to determine if treatment is helping a patient overcome sleepiness.

    What to Expect at a Sleep Study

    Upon arriving at the Sleep Disorders Center, your technician will show you to your room, ask you some questions, and explain the procedure. The technician will apply devices to monitor brain waves (EEG) respiratory flow and effort, oxygen levels, muscle tone, leg movements, snoring, heart rate (EKG), and eye movements. The sleep study is completely painless. Data is collected as you sleep and reviewed by a sleep physician. Results are also sent to your referring physician and a treatment plan is established on an individual basis.If you are being evaluated for possible sleep apnea or breathing difficulties, you will also be given a demonstration of the CPAP or Bi-pap before the test so that any concerns or questions can be addressed at that time.
    Sleep study participants may bring their own sleep clothing, pillow and personal items to make their stay more comfortable. For daytime sleep studies, meals are provided.

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