Welcome to Epping Sleep Laboratory
Our sleep laboratory is located within Epping Private Hospital. The lab has state-of- the-art equipment to test a wide range of sleep disorders.
Our sleep laboratory is equipped for the comprehensive evaluation of sleep related disorders including:
- Sleep apnoea
- Restless leg syndrome
- Disordered sleep due to respiratory, cardiac and/or neurological disease
What is an overnight sleep study?
An overnight sleep study or polysomnography (PSG) is a non-invasive test that is performed when the presence of a sleep disorder is suspected. All sleep studies are conducted in a private room and do not cause any pain or significant discomfort.
Prior to going to sleep, sensors are placed on the head, face, chest, stomach, legs and fingers. These sensors are kept in place with medical tapes and pastes. Throughout the night, sleep scientists monitor:
- brain wave activity
- eye movement activity
- heart rate
- muscle tone
- blood oxygen level.
What happens when I come to Epping Sleep Laboratory?
On the day of your appointment we ask that you report to the main reception of Epping Private Hospital, level1, 230 Cooper St, Epping at 7:30pm. This allows ample time to complete hospital admission paperwork, meet staff, settle into the room, fill out pre-test questionnaires and be set up with the monitoring equipment prior to your regular bedtime. It may take a little longer to fall asleep due to the unfamiliar environment. The study concludes between 6.00 – 6.30am the following morning.
Private en-suites are located in each room for showering and a light breakfast is supplied by the hospital.
Sleep study results
After the sleep study has been completed, sleep scientists analyse the data. A technical report is prepared indicating the presence and severity of a sleep disorder. The results are subsequently reviewed by a sleep physician who provides treatment recommendations.
It may be necessary for further overnight sleep studies to be conducted depending on the results of the initial study. You will need to make a follow up appointment with the treating sleep physician. If you are having a diagnostic sleep study, you should see the physician around two weeks later. The physician will discuss your results with you at this appointment.
If you are having a treatment sleep study, you will need to see your physician approximately two to three weeks later, depending on the doctor’s preference.
How much will a sleep study cost?
Epping Sleep Laboratory is a private facility conducted within Epping Private Hospital and accounts for your hospital stay will be sent directly to your private health fund. Most funds cover sleep studies. Please check with your individual health fund provider to see if you are covered for sleep studies. You may be required to pay an excess or co-payment depending on your insurance policy. Epping Private Hospital will contact you to organise payment prior to your study date.
A cancellation fee of $150 may apply if you cancel your sleep study with less than 48 hours notice.
Free car parking is available on hospital grounds.