If you will be having a sleep study at Sacred Heart Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center, please read the following information. If you have any questions or concerns about your sleep study, please contact the Center at 610-776-5333 Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., or 610-776-5336 after 4:00 p.m.
Entering Sacred Heart Hospital
If you drive, please park in the Chew Street parking deck, located directly across the street from the hospital. Follow the directions below as well.
If you are dropped off, please go directly to the main booth of the Chew Street parking deck and tell the attendant that you are here for a sleep study. The attendant will call Sacred Heart Hospital security to escort you to Patient Registration and then to the Sleep Disorders Center. If you enter the hospital on your own, you will be taken to Patient Registration.
Parking is free and validation will be provided for you when you arrive in the Sleep Disorders Center. If you wish, you may use one of our telephones to call home and let your family know you have arrived safely.
If you cannot keep your sleep study appointment, please call 610-776-5333 between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to let us know. After 4:00 p.m., you may call 610-776-5336 and leave a voicemail. Our staff will accommodate you according to your needs.
Entering the Sleep Disorders Center
You will be welcomed to the Sleep Disorders Center by one of our sleep technologists and shown to your room for the night, where you can change into your sleep clothing.
The sleep technologists will monitor your sleep on the computers in our control room throughout the night. They will wake you up in the morning and will disconnect all the sensors used during the night.
The technologist assigned to you will explain all the procedures that will be used. You will wear multiple sensors during your sleep study; attaching these sensors takes approximately 45 – 60 minutes and is painless.
You will be monitored throughout the night visually by an infrared camera that is located in your room and by all the sensors applied to you. You can communicate with the technologist by means of an intercom and with a microphone located on the ceiling of your room.
Important Things to Know
- Bring old, comfortable, loose sleeping clothing, such as a t-shirt and shorts, sweatshirt, sweatpants, or pajamas. You may also bring slippers, a toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, comb, soap, and shampoo.
- Bring all of the medications you normally take/use at home, including nebulizers or inhalers.
- Bring your medications with you especially if you are diabetic. We do not provide medications for you unless specifically ordered by the sleep physician.
- Bring your insurance cards and any forms we sent you.
- Bring diapers, bottles, formula, snacks, a favorite blanket and toys if your child is undergoing the sleep study.
- Bring a favorite pillow, blanket, stuffed animal, book, magazine, newspaper, and snacks.
- Take a shower and shampoo and dry your hair before you come in for your sleep study.
- Do not use hair conditioners, hair sprays or nail polish prior to your sleep study.
- A shower facility is available for you to use in the morning. Towels and washcloths will also be provided for you. A hairdryer is available should you need to use one.
- Smoking is not permitted in the Sleep Disorders Center.
- Cell phones and alarm clocks must be turned off.
- Caffeinated beverages can affect the outcome of the sleep study.
- Do not wear delicate nightgowns or pajamas.