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By Pacific Sleep Program
October 15, 2019
Category: Services

If you need to undergo a sleep study find out what to expect.

Has one of our Portland and Astoria sleep medicine physicians Dr. Gerald Rich, Dr. Radhika Breaden or Dr. Jennifer Kim told you that you doctorscould benefit from a sleep test, also known as polysomnography? If so, it could be because the symptoms you’re experiencing are warning signs of insomnia, sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. The sooner these sleep disturbances are identified the sooner we can help you get a better night’s sleep. So, here’s what to expect from your overnight exam:


It’s Non-Invasive

There is nothing painful or invasive about a sleep study. While you will stay in our modern sleep center overnight we will monitor your brain and bodily activity while you sleep. During the test, you will have sensors placed on certain areas of your head and body to measure everything from blood oxygen levels and heart rate and rhythm to body movement and snoring. The electrodes will not cause discomfort or pain.


Bring Your Sleepwear

Just because you are sleeping somewhere new doesn’t mean that you can’t bring along the items that help you sleep. Feel free to bring any personal items that make you feel more comfortable, such as pajamas. We will place the sensors on your body before you go into the room. The private room will be dark and prepped for sleep. Of course, if you have trouble sleeping do not worry. We will still be able to collect the data we need even if you do not get a full night’s rest.


You’ll Have to Wait for Results

The results will not be immediate. We will collect the data and then one of our doctors will need to go through the findings. This can take up to one week or more. We will schedule your follow-up appointment so that we can go through your results and then talk to you about any recommended treatment options if you do have a sleep disorder.


Test for All Sleep Problems

Dealing with frequent morning headaches? Experiencing extreme daytime fatigue despite getting a full night’s rest? These symptoms could be a sign of a sleep disorder. Unfortunately, many people have problems like sleep apnea and don’t even know it. Furthermore, some sleep disorders can affect your health, so it’s important that you seek proper care if you are experiencing difficulty sleeping. A sleep test can help diagnose,

  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep apnea
  • Parasomnias
  • Insomnia
  • Circadian rhythm disorders


Having trouble falling or staying asleep? Not feeling rested after sleep? If you are dealing with these issues in Astoria or Portland, OR, then call Pacific Sleep Program today to schedule an evaluation. Call Pacific Sleep Program in Portland at (503) 228-4414 or in Astoria at (503) 325-3126.

By Pacific Sleep Program
September 15, 2015
Category: Sleep Testing

Find out how sleep testing can help us diagnose a myriad of sleep issues.

Are you having issues with sleep? You aren’t alone. Millions of Americans don’t get enough sleep each night. However, it’s important to pinpoint what could be the cause of your symptoms so you know how to treat it. 

We know that many patients in Astoria, Seaside, Warrenton and other Oregon Coast communities have had sleep testing in the past or require sleep testing to help to diagnose or optimize treatment for multiple different sleep disorders including sleep apnea as well as to optimize their CPAP pressures and ensure that the mask is not leaking. 

What is a polysomnography?

A polysomnography is a formal term for sleep testing. This testing helps your sleep specialist make an accurate diagnosis and create a customized treatment plan to help you get a better night’s rest.

How does a polysomnography work?

Through the use of sensors, which are applied directly to the skin on various locations throughout the body, we monitor a variety of physiological features as you sleep. Some of these features include respiration, heart rate, oxygen levels and patterns of movement. Certain changes to these physiological traits could give us an idea of what could be causing your sleep issues.

How is an overnight sleep testing conducted?

The testing is performed by our sleep technologists. Once you are checked in and settled into your room, one of our sleep technologists will apply the sensors. The sensors are connected to a small connector that will allow you to disconnect if needed to use the restroom or walk around. 

Once the sensors are placed you are free to do whatever you wish in your room. We recommend that you go to bed at your normal bedtime unless otherwise directed by the sleep medicine physician. In the morning, a sleep technologist will come in and remove your sensors (this takes about 20 minutes).

How many nights will I need to stay?

Most time, we are able to make a decision regarding your diagnosis and treatment by the first night. Additional nights may be necessary depending on the type and severity of the sleep apnea. 

What should I bring with me to the sleep test?

Pajamas, slippers, and toiletries are some of the more typical items a patient will bring along with them. While some patients may choose to wear nightgowns, pajamas are often easier for applying sensors and for movement. While pillows will be provided, feel free to bring your own if that will make you feel more comfortable during testing. Please bring any reading materials you would like. Electronics such as cell phones and laptops are allowed for use during the evening but must be put away during testing. 

Want to get a better night’s rest? Well, who doesn’t? Call Pacific Sleep Program, located in Astoria across from Columbia Memorial Hospital, today and let us give you sweet dreams from here on out. We serve all of the communities along the Oregon Coast from Tillamook up to Cannon Beach, Seaside, Warrenton and up to Long Beach Washington and beyond. For patients located closer to Longview and Scappoose, please visit our location in Portland on the Westside, near Beaverton and Hillsboro. 

By Pacific Sleep Program
April 24, 2015
Category: Sleep Testing

Find out what to expect when you come in for an overnight sleep study at Pacific Sleep program.

If you’ve been scheduled for an overnight sleep study in Portland, then you’ll want to know what you should do prior to your appointment. Sleep DisordersHere are some interesting tidbits you might not know that could better prepare you for your upcoming night with us:

We would like to make this night as typical for you and as comfortable as possible. 

1. Take all your medications as usual unless otherwise directed.
Also, be sure to bring any medications that you’ll need to take while overnight at our sleep center. 

2. Drink your usual amount of alcohol before the study -- but do not drink and drive! If you typically drink prior to bedtime in the time frame of 7:30 PM and bedtime, please bring your typical amount of alcohol with you to the sleep study. 

3. Since caffeine and alcohol can affect the quality of your sleep, we recommend that you do not drink or eat anything containing caffeine in the afternoon or evening right before your overnight sleep study.

4. Don’t use hair sprays or gels
If you wash your hair the day of your overnight sleep study you should only wash with shampoo and leave out any gels or sprays that you may use. These products can affect the sensors during your study. 

If you are experiencing problems falling asleep or staying asleep and find yourself dealing with daytime exhaustion. then it’s time to see if the quality of your sleep has something to do with it. Schedule an appointment today with your sleep specialist at Pacific Sleep Program in Portland or Astoria.