If your CommunityHealth sleep doctor recommended that you do a home sleep study you're in the right place. Keep reading for details regarding how our testing process works, including instructions for using the sleep testing device.
At the time of your Sleep Clinic visit at CommunityHealth your provider will add your name to our sleep testing wait list. While we always aim to get you tested as quickly as possible, please be aware that there may be a wait time of several weeks between your clinic visit and when you do your sleep study. Once we reach your name on our wait list we will prepare a testing device specifically for you, and you will receive a call from a CommunityHealth nurse letting you know that the device is ready for pickup at the CommunityHealth front desk (2611 W Chicago Ave).
We kindly request that you return the device to the ComunityHealth front desk within 1 week of picking it up.
Once you pick up the testing device you can do the sleep study the same night.
If you usually take medication to help you sleep, you should continue taking it the night of your sleep study.
Following the instructions in the video below, put the device on, making sure the finger probe is all the way on your index finger, the wrist band is comfortably strapped to your wrist, and the chest wall monitor is taped (or stuck on with a band-aid) to the front of your chest.
Once you're wearing the device, press the power button at the center of the touch pad. The screen should light up with text that first reads "Itamar Medical" and then "Good Night"
At that point, you can go to sleep.
In the morning, simply take off the testing device (including finger probe and chest monitor). Please note that you cannot turn off the device. All you have to do is put the device, finger probe, and chest monitor back in the carrying case, and return it to the CommunityHealth front desk.
Watch the instructional video above all the way through, and make sure you are following each step. Once the device is comfortably applied to your wrist press and hold the round button at the center of the circle under the device screen. The device should light up within a few seconds of pressing and holding the button. If it fails to turn on despite following these instructions, please return the device to the CommunityHealth front desk as soon as possible and let them know that the device did not work properly.
Please write down the error message displayed on the screen on a piece of paper and place it in the carrying case along with the device, finger probe, and chest monitor. Then, please return the device to the CommunityHealth front desk as soon as possible so that we can attempt to fix the issue and get the testing device back to you.
Yes, if you regularly take medication to help you sleep, we recommend that you continue taking the medication on the night of your sleep study.
Even if you think you didn't get much sleep the night of your sleep study, there's a chance you still got enough for the test to be useable. Simply return the testing device, finger probe, and chest monitor to the CommunityHealth front desk. One of the sleep physicians at CommunityHealth will review the results, and if the study needs to be repeated one of the CommunityHealth nurses to reach out to you. If you don't hear from one of the CommunityHealth nurses within 4 weeks of completing your test, the results were most likely useable, and your physician will plan to discuss the results with you at your next clinic visit.
Don't worry! The WatchPAT can't be turned off, so all you need to do after waking up is take the device off, put it (along with the finger probe and the chest monitor) back into the carrying case, and return it to the CommunityHealth front desk.
If you've done a sleep study before at another facility, please let your CommunityHealth sleep physician know. They will discuss whether you need another sleep study through CommunityHealth depending on how long ago the sleep study took place and whether you have the report from the study.