Frequently Asked Questions

I haven't been able to sleep for the past few days. Should I look into a sleep study?
Talk to your primary care provider before scheduling a study. He or she can refer you for a Sleep Medicine consultation to evaluate your sleep disorder.

Do I need a referral?
Your insurance plan may require you to be referred to the Sleep Center by your primary care provider. Please discuss your symptoms with your primary care provider and they will help to determine whether a sleep consultation is indicated.

If your insurance plan allows you to refer yourself for specialty consultation, feel free to disucss your options with our staff. Our clinical and diagnostic facilities are available to all patients regardless of financial status or health plan.

Will insurance cover the costs of a sleep study?
The Sleep Center is a preferred provider for most health plans offered in the Yakima Valley region and accepts Medicare assignment. We see Medicaid patients upon referral and also follow the charitable care guidelines outlined by Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. Check with your insurance plan to determine your level of coverage.

How do I make an appointment?
For more information or to make an appointment, call the Sleep Center at Memorial at 509-574-3383, option 1.

Where should I park for a sleep study?
There is a parking lot next to the West Pavilion II Building. Enter the parking lot from S. 30th Ave.

What do I bring to my sleep study?
You will need to bring sleepwear, like pajamas or a night shirt. You also may want to bring a robe, slippers and your own pillow. All bedding is provided, but some patients prefer sleeping with their own pillows. Bring all the medications you take, as we cannot provide medications for you. If you require or want a bedtime snack, bring one with you.

How long does a sleep study take?
Overnight sleep studies typically last eight to 10 hours.

Can I bring a family member or caregiver with me?
Yes. Special accommodations are available upon request for parents or caregivers who need or are required to stay with their loved ones during their testing at the Sleep Center at Memorial

Are your rooms accessible to the handicapped or disabled?
We currently operate five sleep testing rooms that are ADA (American with Disabilities Act) certified. We endeavor to meet all the needs of all our patients and provide the healthcare experience of choice.

I work overnights during the week. Do you offer sleep studies on the weekends?
Night time and shift work schedules are taken into account and studies can be scheduled to accommodate.

Are meals provided?
We ask that you have dinner prior to arriving at the Sleep Center for an overnight study. Snacks and a light breakfast are provided.

Can I watch TV, use the Internet or make calls before I fall asleep?
A television is available in your room. A cordless phone is available for local calls upon request. Cell phone use is permitted, but the phone must be turned off during sleep periods. Wireless internet access is available in all rooms if you have a Wi-Fi capable device, but use is restricted to daytime hours.

What if I have to use the restroom during the night?
Simply ask the technician to unhook you. There is an intercom in the room and the technician will assist you.

Will I be able to sleep?
Most people sleep very well and have little difficulty falling asleep. Technicians do all they can to help patients to be comfortable. It is also a comfort for many patients to know that this visit to the Sleep Center is the first step on the road to better sleep and health. If you think you will have difficulty sleeping, please discuss your concerns with your Sleep Medicine provider.

Will I notice any pain?
No needles are used and generally no discomfort is noticed. Some mild skin irritation maybe noted when attaching the electrodes. A slight warm feeling may be experienced form the oxygen-sensing device applied to your finger.

What is your cancellation policy?
24 hours notice is required for cancellation of your sleep study.

How long before I can expect my results?
Typically results are available within five business days. Patients are asked to set up a follow up clinic appointment when scheduling their sleep study. Follow up clinic appointments are generally 1-2 weeks after the sleep study.

Can my primary care doctor's office schedule an appointment on my behalf?
Yes, but we will need to speak with you to arrange the appointment.

Where is Sleep Disorders Center located?
Sleep Center at Memorial
West Pavilion II
406 S. 30th Ave., Suite 206
Yakima, WA 98902

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