Before going ahead with a sleep study, there are certain questions you need to ask. If in doubt, consider getting a second opinion.
Make sure you fully understand the procedure; don’t be afraid to ask questions. It's imperative your doctor explains the common risks and benefits, as well as those particular to your circumstances. Knowing all the relevant information is part of informed clinical consent.
- In addition to sleep apnoea, what are the other potential causes for my symptoms?
- Would it be possible to have my sleep study at home, or do I need to sleep at a lab?
- What are the pros and cons of a home sleep study in my circumstances?
- What are the likely out-of-pocket medical expenses? (Your doctor should be able to give you a breakdown of any costs you'll incur – this is known as ‘Informed Financial Consent’.)
- How should I prepare for the study?
- Should I continue taking my normal medication?
- Write down any questions or concerns you want to discuss with your doctor.