Sleep disorder services are offered at Epworth Camberwell, Epworth Eastern, Epworth Freemasons, Epworth Geelong and Epworth Richmond.
Sleep disorders evaluated include:
- Hypersomnia (excessive daytime sleepiness)
- Periodic limb movement disorder/restless legs syndrome
- Sleep apnoea (sleep disordered breathing)
We do this through the following studies and programs:
- CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy and education clinic
- Multiple sleep latency testing and maintenance of wakefulness testing (daytime testing for excessive sleepiness)
- Overnight sleep study (polysomnography)
What to expect during a sleep study at Epworth
Your sleep specialist may order an overnight sleep study at an Epworth sleep unit.
An overnight sleep study (or polysomnography) is a non-invasive test that is performed when the presence of a sleep disorder is suspected. All sleep studies at Epworth are conducted in a private room and do not cause any pain or significant discomfort.
Depending on the location, you will be asked to arrive between 6:45pm and 7pm and unless otherwise advised by your sleep scientist, you will be ready to leave between 7 or 8am the next day.
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.
- Blood oxygen levels
- Brain wave activity
- Eye movement activity
- Heart rate
- Muscle tone
After the results are sent to your sleep specialist, they will use the findings to diagnose the sleep disorder and provide treatment recommendations.
How much does a sleep study cost?
Epworth is a private hospital and hospital accounts will be sent directly to your private health fund. Most funds cover sleep studies. You may be required to pay an excess or co-payment depending on your insurance policy. Please check with your individual fund for further details.