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Sleep Study

Your sleep specialist may recommend a painless, noninvasive diagnostic test called a sleep study. Our trained technologists will either set you up with an at-home sleep study or an overnight in-lab study, depending on the sleep specialist’s recommendation.

Our private Sleep Lab suites are comfortably equipped with:

  • Queen-sized Verlo bed
  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Additional services, such as a recliner or bedside commode, to accommodate special needs

Instructions for How to Set Up Your Home Sleep Apnea Test

Equipment to include 4 main components:

  1. Nasal oral cannula (to be thrown away following the test prior to returning the equipment)
  2. Home sleep apnea test device and a pulse oximeter probe
  3. Belt and buckles. Belt is disposable following your study, the buckles are not and must be returned with the testing device. Both buckles will be attached to the belt for you.
  4. Roll of tape. If you're not allergic to adhesives, we recommend using the tape to attach and hold certain components in place. If you are allergic to adhesives, you can omit the use of the tape. The tape is single patient use, so when you're done with this roll of tape, you can keep the rest of it or throw it away.


  1. Take your equipment out of the box and lay it out in front of you.
  2. Take one end of the belt and buckle, snap it into the device.
  3. Position the equipment mid-torso. You should be able to view the top of the device with arms at your sides WITHOUT tipping the device forward.
    1. For men, it works best to be worn below the chest and above the belly.
    2. For women, you may find it more comfortable to wear it higher, under the armpits.
    3. Wrap the belt around your midsection and then take the other end of the buckle and snap it into the device.
    4. Adjust the belt for comfort.
      1. To adjust the belt properly, pinch the white buttons on the sides of the buckle together, open the bale, and then pull the belt snug, then snap it closed.
      2. Open the buckle up first before you pull on the belt itself. This is a sensor, so it should only be snug, not tight. We want the belt to be snug enough to hold the device from freely flopping up and down, but not overly tight.
  4. Lights will illuminate on the top of the device. This startup sequence is letting you know the device is going through a self-test.
    1. Watch the top of the device and you should see the yellow person turn green. Once you get the green person, that means the belt is adjusted properly, this icon may take up to 20 seconds to change to green.
    2. The device will move on to the next icon, which is going to be the flashing yellow face. Yellow indicates that the device is looking for a sensor. This icon is for the nasal oral cannula that you'll find in your box.
  5. Cannula:
    1. Remove the cannula from the box.
    2. Observe the nasal prongs they are slightly curved. Place the cannula with the prongs facing down in your nose.
    3. Tubing goes over top and behind your ears, just like the bows of glasses.
    4. Now take the adjustment cuff, snug it up underneath your chin until it's comfortable, but snug. Snug enough so the tubing can't easily pop out from behind your ears.
    5. At this point, you would want to take the tape if you're not allergic to adhesives, tear off a couple small one-inch or so pieces of tape and tape the tubing down over the cheekbones. That'll help to secure this in place. Again, if you're allergic to adhesives, you can omit that part.
    6. To adjust the mouth sensor, bend the tube back so that it is facing your mouth but not going into your mouth.
    7. Lastly, take the end of the tube where you see a filter, and twist into the top of the device just until it stops. Do not over tighten this.
  6. Pulse Oximeter:
    1. Slide the probe onto the finger. Any finger on your non-dominate hand or the hand you are less likely to sleep on.
    2. Secure cable on the back side of the hand with tape.
  7. Test Cannula Connection:
    1. Once you have attached all three sensors, the probe, the nasal oral cannula, and the belt, you should see the top three lights turn solid green indicating the device is ready for recording your study.

Removing the Device

  1. Device will turn off on its own once the sensors are disconnected. You can also push and hold the button on the front for five seconds which will turn the device off immediately. The device is now shut down.
  2. Take the probe off.
  3. Take the cannula out of your nose and disconnect from the device by twisting. Discard cannula in a trash can.
  4. Take the belt off and remove the buckles from both sides of the device. Discard the belt in the trash can. The buckles are not disposable, and must return to the Sleep Lab.

Package Device for Return:

  1. The device with pulse oximeter cable and buckles should be placed back in the box wrapped in the bubble wrap to protect the equipment.
  2. The device needs to be returned to the hospital no later than 10:00 am the following business day unless other arrangements have been made with the Sleep Lab.

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