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Sleep Studies

Sleep studies are generally done during the night so that normal sleep patterns can be recorded (day studies can be done to accommodate night shift workers). Although many people wonder if they will actually be able to fall asleep in the center, we find that the vast majority of our patients have no trouble sleeping at all. In fact, many report experiencing the best night's sleep they have had in years.

Depending upon the type of sleep study you require, sensors will be placed on areas of your head, face, and body, and elastic belts may be used around your chest or abdomen. These devices may be used record your brain waves, eye movement, muscle activity, heart activity and rate, blood oxygen levels, breathing, snoring, leg/body movement, and carbon dioxide levels.

After your sleep study, your results are evaluated by one of our board certified physician specialists, and a report is sent to your doctor. This usually takes about one week. You and your doctor will then meet to discuss the results of the sleep study, as well as the treatment options that may work best for you.

Sleep Room Amenities

We make every effort to make you feel safe and comfortable. Each of our facility includes home-like sleep rooms that feature soothing décor and amenities, such as:

  • Comfortable beds (you can bring your own pillow if you prefer!) with fresh linens
  • Reduced outside light and noise
  • Self-control temperature, lighting, and bed adjustments
  • Flat screen TV and DVD player (bring your own DVDs or choose one from our library)
  • Private bathroom and shower

Home Sleep Studies

For patients who qualify, a home sleep study may be an option. All three Baystate locations offer home sleep studies. For more information, talk with your doctor, or call 413-794-5600. 


Pediatric Sleep Studies

The Baystate Regional Sleep Program at Baystate Medical Center is the only facility in the region that offers pediatric sleep studies, under the medical direction of Dr. Anthony Jackson, chief of pediatric neurology. Because children are not just little adults, it is important that they be evaluated by a pediatric neurologist who is experienced in diagnosing children.

Long-term Video Monitoring (LTVM)

Long-term Video Monitoring (LTVM) is a specialized form of an electroencephalogram (EEG) in which a patient is continuously monitored on a video screen while brainwave activity is recorded. This allows doctors to observe brainwave activity during the time a seizure or spell occurs.

Polysomnography sleep studies (16 channel)

A polysomnograph is a test of sleep cycles and stages through the use of continuous recordings of brain waves (EEG), electrical activity of muscles, eye movement, breathing rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation, chest and abdominal breathing, nose and mouth breathing, heart rhythm, and direct observation of the person during sleep. In addition, limb or leg movement is monitored, tidal C0² and expanded EEG for epilepsy. A video camera is used to record movements during sleep.

Respiratory Sleep Studies

Respiratory sleep study tests are conducted 7 days a week, 24 hours a day (excluding holidays).

4-Channel Studies: This diagnostic test is used to determine the presence of a respiratory sleep disorder (such as apnea or respiratory failure). A 4-channel study is a non-invasive recording of a patient's heart rate, chest wall movement, airflow through the nose and mouth, snoring, carbon dioxide levels, and blood oxygen levels. Patients who are tested using 4-channel studies may have one or more of the following conditions: sleep apnea, respiratory failure, heart failure, neuromuscular disease, obesity, or lung disease.

5-Channel Studies: This test is conducted on pediatric patients only. A 5-channel study is a diagnostic test that is used to determine the presence of a respiratory sleep disorder with an underlying cause of gastroesophageal reflux (a condition where stomach contents move backwards into the swallowing tube and up into the throat and mouth). The heart rate is monitored as well as breathing, chest wall movement, airflow through the nose and mouth, oxygen blood levels, and pH. Patients who receive this type of study may be an infant or a child, who was born premature, is failing to thrive, has been vomiting, has frequent respiratory infections, or who is suspected of sleep apnea or respiratory failure.

Therapeutic Studies: This is a non-invasive treatment for patients with previously diagnosed sleep disordered breathing. Patients are tested again using a pressurized nasal mask called a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask or a Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-PAP) mask and/or oxygen supplementation, which is monitored and adjusted to correct or improve a respiratory sleep disorder.

Oxygen/HR Monitor: This test is conducted to determine the oxygen requirement or home HR monitoring of premature infants with a slow heart rate or periodic breathing of the newborn. HR monitoring may be preformed through Baystate Home Infusion and Respiratory Services.