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Sleep Studies

Barton Sleep Studies

Barton’s newly expanded Sleep Studies program offers a specialty service established for diagnosing and treating sleep disorders. We provide professional evaluation and comprehensive sleep monitoring services for a complete range of sleep and wakefulness problems, including:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
  • Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD)
  • Parasomnia
  • Sleep schedule disorders
  • Difficulty initiating/maintaining sleep

What is it?

Polysomnography, commonly referred to as a sleep study, is a test designed to diagnose, or rule out many types of sleep disorders. Your doctor may order this test if you complain of being excessively tired during the day or have consistent waking and interruptions during the night. They may suspect you have: sleep apnea, narcolepsy, REM sleep behavior disorder, unexplained insomnia, or other unusual/unexplained behaviors during sleep.

The Polysomnography records a person’s bio physiological changes that occur during sleep. Because our brain waves, eye movements and heart rhythms change while we sleep, the test is performed at night while you are asleep in a designated sleep lab. Your brain waves are monitored through electroencephalography (EEG) recordings. Your cycles of sleep are also monitored, recording REMs (rapid eye movement) and NREMs (non-rapid eye movement). By monitoring these phases and cycles of sleep, the test can show where disturbances exist.

What can I expect?

For our test, you will come to the sleep lab in the evening, and become familiar with the setting. Next, our sleep technologist places sensors on your head, temples, chest and legs using a mild glue adhesive. A pulse oximeter is placed on your finger to monitor the level of oxygen in your blood. These sensors are connected by wires to a computer, which records your physiological changes throughout the night. Our sleep lab is inside the hospital and our sleep technician is always in attendance and is responsible for monitoring the patient during each study.

What happens next?

While you sleep, our sleep technologist monitors physiological changes in brain waves, eye movements, blood oxygen level, breathing patterns and heart rate. Additionally they observe your changes in body position, arm and leg movements, snoring and other disruptions as you sleep. All of these measurements are recorded on a continuous graph. If you need assistance, you can ask the technologist for assistance during the night. The wires are long enough to let you move normally in bed, however you may not fall asleep as easily or sleep as well while getting your test as you do at home. This usually doesn't affect the outcome for the test, as a full night's sleep is not required in order to receive accurate results. Once the test is completed, you will be discharged home by 7 a.m. unless a Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) is to be done during the day to test for excessive daytime sleepiness.

Other information

While the studies are preferably conducted on patients over the age of 10, if a child’s pediatrician recommends a sleep study, we can accommodate younger children as well. Additionally, there are very few risks to a polysomnography. Because it is a noninvasive and painless test, complications are extremely unusual. The most common side effect is skin irritation caused by the adhesive where the sensors were attached to your skin.


Barton Sleep Lab

Barton sleep lab is designed to evaluate sleep disorders in a state-of-the-art environment. The sleep lab is located inside Barton Hospital and was recently renovated to enhance the patient’s comfort and experience during
overnight testing.

  • Testing – quick scheduling, testing and results turnaround time
  • Updated, remodeled rooms
  • Home sleep studies available
  • Open seven days a week
  • Compassionate, quality care team

Care Team

The Barton Sleep Lab is dedicated to diagnosing and managing sleep disorders. The Sleep Lab’s highly trained and experienced staff that includes a medical director who is board certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and registered polysomnographic technologists, who are proficient in testing for a range of sleep disorders, and providing patient education.

The team provides testing for sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea; excessive daytime sleepiness; snoring; insomnia; restless legs syndrome; parasomnias; narcolepsy; shift work sleep disorder; jet lag syndrome and various other sleep problems. Our sleep team also performs at-home sleep tests, allowing some patients to undergo sleep testing in the comfort of their own bed.

Our Facility

Barton’s Sleep Lab contains two private bedrooms and bathrooms, and is equipped with modern equipment for digital polysomnography. Studies are performed 7 days per week. It is accredited by The Joint Commission.

*Patients must receive a patient referral to undergo testing at Barton’s Sleep Lab. Speak with your physician to learn more.


Contact Us

  • Located inside Barton Memorial Hospital, 2170 South Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    (Sleep studies are available seven nights/ week.)
  • 530.543.5895