Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I consider a sleep study?
- Will my insurance cover your services?
- Is there any pain involved in a sleep study?
- What are the rooms like?
- What should I wear?
- May I bring my own pillow?
- How can I sleep when I'm hooked up to devices?
- What if I can't sleep? Can I take something?
- Are there foods/drinks I should avoid the day of my study?
- What happens if I'm scheduled for more testing the next day?
- How will I know if my CPAP is working for me?
- Will I feel better when I use my CPAP, and how soon?
- Can I change the pressure setting on my machine?
- How do I adjust my mask correctly?
- Who do I call if I have questions about my equipment?
- How often do I need to replace my mask, filters and tubing?
- How many hours a night do I need to use my CPAP?
- Are there times when I should sleep without my CPAP?
- Should I take my CPAP if I go on vacation?
- What if I have an overnight stay in a hospital?
- What is the purpose of the humidifier?
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I consider a sleep study?
A sleep study enables a doctor to prescribe a course of treatment that will help you sleep well, look and feel better and live a healthier life. Sleep studies can be crucial for people with obstructive sleep apnea, which, left untreated, can increase risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke.
Will my insurance cover your services?
Almost every insurance company covers sleep studies and CPAP therapy. However, rarely, there can be restrictions. We will contact your insurance company up front to check benefits and determine if we are in your insurance.
Is there any pain involved in a sleep study?
The procedure is completely painless.
What are the rooms like?
Our study rooms are similar to hotel rooms for comfort. All facilities offer private comfortable rooms with satellite TV. We feature high quality queen-sized beds including Select Comfort adjustable beds, desks, as well as handicapped accessible bathrooms and showers available for use.
What should I wear?
We ask that you bring a comfortable 2-piece outfit to sleep in, such as pajamas or sweatpants (shorts) and a T-shirt. Cotton is preferred and no silk, satin or nylon materials for sleeping as these may cause static which can interfere with test results. If you need to stay for additional testing the next day, please bring something you can wear in our public lounge. We do not permit sleeping in the nude.
May I bring my own pillow?
Yes, there are two pillows on each bed but you are welcome to bring your own.
How can I sleep when I'm hooked up to devices?
The devices attached to you allow you to toss and turn freely during the night. After a short time, you may not even be aware they are attached. Most people sleep quite comfortably.
What if I can't sleep? Can I take something?
We prefer not to facilitate sleep with medication. Your physician may prescribe a sleep aid to help you sleep; if so you need to bring it with you as we are unable to dispense medication.
Are there foods/drinks I should avoid the day of my study?
Do not have any caffeine or alcoholic beverages after 3:00 PM the day of your study.
What happens if I'm scheduled for more testing the next day?
If you need to stay for daytime naps, after you awaken you are welcome to a complimentary continental breakfast. You will take a series of 5 naps spaced at 2 hour intervals, ending in the late afternoon. We also furnish lunch. You are not allowed to have any caffeine during your daytime study.
How will I know if my CPAP is working for me?
During your sleep study, you were evaluated at different stages of sleep, with adjustments in the CPAP pressure setting. This tells the doctor what pressure setting is right for you. There are times when the pressure may need to be adjusted, however. If you have a significant change in weight or experience a return of symptoms, such as snoring, daytime sleepiness, or restless nights, contact your doctor.
Will I feel better when I use my CPAP, and how soon?
You should notice a decrease in daytime sleepiness, improved alertness, and an increase in quality of life, related to better sleep quality. If you have Hypertension, CPAP may help to reduce your blood pressure as well. Some people notice changes right away; others take several weeks before they notice an improvement.
Can I change the pressure setting on my machine?
The pressure is set according to a prescription written by your doctor. If the pressure needs adjustment one of our CPAP Specialists can do it for you on the order of a physician.
How do I adjust my mask correctly?
The mask should be worn as loosely as possible, small leaks under the nose are OK, but is should not be blowing into your eyes. Air will be blowing out of the exhalation port, which is on the front of the mask. Call Lakeland with questions on mask fit or discomfort.
Who do I call if I have questions about my equipment?
Lakeland places a sticker on all CPAP devices with our company name and phone number. Call either Rod Thorson at 763-576-9068 or Ray Pietz (Aspen Sleep Disorders Center) at 651-641-7100 for assistance.
How often do I need to replace my mask, filters, and tubing?
For sanitary reasons experts recommend that you change masks and tubing every 3 to 6 months and filters monthly. Medicare and almost all insurance companies pay for such replacement on this basis. Regular cleaning will help extend the life of the mask. Lakeland offers a convenient auto-mail program to regularly send new supplies to interested CPAP users; call 763-576-9068 to sign up. CPAP machines are generally eligible for replacement every 5 years.
How many hours a night do I need to use my CPAP?
You should use it as much as possible whenever you sleep.
Are there times when I should sleep without my CPAP?
If you have a cold or other illness that makes it uncomfortable to use CPAP, you may have to go without it for short periods of time. See a doctor if you suffer with prolonged sinus congestion. The air pressure from the CPAP could prevent normal sinus drainage in the case of sinus infection.
Should I take my CPAP if I go on vacation?
You will probably feel better if you take the CPAP with you. It is recommended that you carry it on board if you travel by plane. Remember to change your altitude setting if your machine has that option. An international plug adaptor can be used if needed. See your owner's manual or call your Lakeland with any questions.
What if I have an overnight stay in a hospital?
This is an important time to have your CPAP with you. After anesthesia, patients with sleep apnea have better recovery when using CPAP.
What is the purpose of the humidifier?
The humidifier is used to keep your nose and throat from getting irritated or dry. It should be adjusted to accomplish this. Depending on the conditions in your home (temperature, humidity), you may have some condensation of water in your tubing or mask. Be sure to keep the tubing in a position that keeps it from draining into the mask; it is suggested to keep the CPAP at a level slightly lower than the head of the bed. Adjust your humidifier setting if condensation is a problem.