Jefferson Health

Sleep Study

At our state-of-the-art facility, a polysomnogram, also referred to as a sleep study, is one of the many diagnostic tools that are used to determine the causes of sleep disorders. The Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center was the first such program in Philadelphia and is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

What Does a Sleep Study Involve?

In order to conduct the test, you simply arrive with your personal items on the day of the test. The Center provides the convenience and amenities you would expect from a hotel, with a comfortable bed, TV and private bathroom. Prior to leaving, you will be asked to schedule your follow-up appointment to review your results. During this appointment, the physician will review the results of your sleep study and/or recommend treatments.

In addition to the typical polysomnogram, there are several variations:

  • Polysomnography with oxygen administration, which helps establish whether the use of oxygen can assist in treating various pulmonary conditions during sleep
  • Polysomnography with an extended EEG montage, which can detect nocturnal seizures
  • Polysomnography with penile plethysmography, which assists in the evaluation of impotence
  • Polysomnography with CPAP administration, which the technician uses to make sure you can tolerate this therapy

Children Undergoing a Sleep Study

If your child is undergoing a sleep study at the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center, our staff is willing to accommodate a parent's or caregiver's needs to feel as comfortable as possible during the overnight stay. If you'd like to stay in the room with your child, we can provide a cot or recliner to sleep on. If you prefer to sleep in an adjacent room, we will offer you a wireless baby monitor so that you can hear your child should he or she need you.