Jefferson University Hospitals

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a home sleep test (HST)?

A home sleep test is a modified sleep study that is self-administered in your home with a portable monitor.

What is the difference between a home sleep test & an in-lab sleep study?

A home sleep test is self-administered and performed by you in your own home versus sleeping overnight in a sleep lab. The HST measures oxygen saturation, heart rate, and air flow. It will also record snoring and sleep positions.

What if I have trouble when I get home?

You will be given a 24-hour number to call if you have any problems or questions regarding the function or use of the HST monitor.

How long do I need to sleep with the monitor?

Unless otherwise instructed by your sleep physician, sleep with the device for 2 nights. We request that you wear the device 7 hours minimum each night.

How do I receive & return the equipment?

To make their home sleep testing experience easy and convenient, the majority of our patients will receive and return the HST monitor via the United States Postal Service free of charge. If you receive a monitor in the mail, receipt of the device requires a signature. If an attempt at delivery is made, and a signature cannot be secured, you will have the option of rescheduling the delivery at your convenience or to pick up the monitor at the post office.

When will I receive my results?

Unless arranged otherwise, results will be given to you at your follow-up visit. If you do not know when this appointment is or if you need to re-schedule it, please call 215-955-6175 and press option 3. Please be advised, your follow up care may be delayed if the HST monitor is not returned promptly.

How much will I have to pay?

Your total out of pocket costs, including copays, coinsurances, and deductible fees are determined by your insurance plan. Please call the member services number, most often found on the reverse side of your insurance card, to obtain this information.

What if I have additional questions?

During normal business hours (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.), please direct your home sleep study questions to 215-955-6175, option 4. Please call 215-955-4727 if you have questions during off hours (7 p.m. - 9 a.m.)

Whom do I call for help?

You may need to call our office for several reasons. Please refer to the call guide below to expedite your phone calls as easily as possible. Selecting the correct prompt is important, as it allows us to return your calls efficiently and rapidly. We look forward to speaking with you.

Main number: 215-955-6175

Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Press 2 – for directions, fax, or address
  • Press 3 – to schedule, cancel, or reschedule your office appointment with your sleep physician only
  • Press 4 – to schedule cancel or reschedule your overnight sleep study only
  • Press 5 – for prescription refills, CPAP equipment, actigraphy testing, or any other clinical inquiries to speak with the medical assistant

Will I have a private bathroom?

Yes, every patient has a private bedroom and bathroom. The rooms feature comfortable furnishings and flat-screen TVs with cable – in other words, what you would expect to enjoy in a hotel. The bathrooms are clean and spacious, providing a convenient place to shower and get dressed before you leave.

Can I park my car overnight?

Yes, you can park your car overnight in the lot connected to our facility. This lot provides secure, direct access to our Center.

What should I wear during my study? Can I wear my own pajamas? Can I bring my own pillow?

Simply wear what you would normally wear to sleep, although we recommend button-down pajamas. And, yes, feel free to bring your own pillow if that helps you to relax and fall asleep.

Do you provide food during studies?

For night studies, we provide a light snack in the evening and breakfast in the morning. Plan to eat dinner before arriving. If you typically have a bite to eat before bed, you may wish to bring your own snack food and beverage.

For day studies, our catering department provides meals based on the length of your stay at the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center.

What should I do about my nighttime medications?

Please bring your medications with you. You are responsible for taking them. (Our staff is not permitted to dispense any medications to our patients.)

Can I bring my loved one?

Accommodations are available for caregivers and parents of minors.

Do I have to take off from work for my sleep study?

One of the advantages of the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center is the convenience of our sleep studies. Because we run night studies from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., you can simply come after work, sleep, get showered and dressed and then head out to work the next morning. However, if your doctor has ordered a daytime study, special work arrangements may be needed.

What else do you provide during sleep studies?

In each room, we provide soap and shampoo. You can use what we provide or bring your own toiletries – just as you would in a hotel.