Approximately one in five Australians are estimated to be affected by a sleep disorder.
Should you be worried about your sleep quality?
Good sleep hygiene is key to getting good quality sleep. To maintain good sleep hygiene, you should be
- Sticking to a regular and consistent bedtime and wake time
- Winding down before bed
- Getting 7-9 hours of sleep
- Limiting screen time before bed
If you are practising good sleep hygiene and still experience the symptoms below, then you may need a sleep study to determine if you have a sleep disorder.
Taking more than 30
minutes to fall asleep
Finding it hard to get out of bed
Regularly waking up
throughout the night
Healthy sleep is a basic human need
Your body needs sleep to function properly. It’s important for brain function, muscle repair, and metabolism. Over time, poor sleep quality can affect health and every day life.
The benefits of sleep
When you get good sleep, your body will thank you for it with
— Higher energy levels
— Improved focus and memory
— Recharged cardiovascular system
— Boosted immune system
A simple study at home can help determine what’s causing your sleep issues
A sleep study, known as a polysomnogram, is an overnight test used to determine the cause of sleep issues. Measurements of brain waves, body movement, and breathing are collected to detect sleep disturbances. This type of testing can be done in the home, in a sleep clinic, or in hospital. At Seer Medical, the overnight sleep study takes place in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
On the day of your appointment, you will come into the Seer Medical clinic to be fitted with a sleep study system. During this appointment, a clinical staff member will place electrodes on your head, face, and chest. When you get home, you can carry on with your normal evening routine up until you go to sleep. Once you are ready for bed, you’ll follow the simple instructions provided to you to set up the system. In the morning, you’ll remove the electrodes and equipment at home. You will then head back to the Seer Medical clinic to return the sleep study equipment.
Seer Medical is a mixed billing service. There is an out-of-pocket fee for the services provided. In some cases, Medicare rebates and fee exemptions may be available. For more information, please visit www.seermedical.com/fees.
If you have had a prior sleep study within the last 12 months, you will not be eligible for another Medicare reimbursement unless requested by a sleep physician.
Yes. You will need a referral from your doctor for a sleep study to be eligible for the Medicare rebate. For a referral speak with your GP or visit a sleep physician.
Currently, the wait time for a sleep study with Seer Medical is 1-2 weeks. Wait times can vary and new appointments do become available. If there is an urgent need, we will do our best to fit you in sooner. Results will be sent to your referring doctor within five (5) business days.
The results will provide your doctor with information that they can use to determine what is causing your symptoms and if you have a sleep disorder. The data can guide your doctor on the next steps to treating and managing your condition.
Video monitoring can also be included in your sleep study upon request by your doctor. This enables the diagnosis of a broader range of sleep conditions (such as for REM sleep behaviour and parasomnias / non-REM sleep disorders). Adding video monitoring to your sleep study means that you can enjoy the comfort and convenience of home, without needing to visit a sleep laboratory (where your doctor has determined that it’s appropriate to do so). Video and audio clips are then reviewed by our trained clinical scientists. Video monitoring is optional and will only be included if requested by your doctor.
How to prepare for a home sleep study
While the sleeping part of a sleep study happens at home, connecting to the equipment takes place at the Seer Medical clinic in Melbourne.Download information pack
Preparing for a home sleep study is simple:
- Come to the clinic with clean, dry hair
- Wear or bring comfortable, loose-fitting top and pants that you intend to wear to sleep
- Clear your schedule for the night and have dinner prepared
- Organise to drive yourself, or have someone drive you
- Once you get home, you can relax, and follow your nighttime routine as usual
Our Sleep Study Process
1 — Referral
Speak to a doctor about your sleep concerns to see if you are suitable for a sleep study. Seer Medical’s home sleep studies are currently available out of the Melbourne clinic only.
2 — Sleep
Come to a Seer Medical clinic to be fitted with the sleep system, then go home to relax and sleep.
3 — Report
Return the sleep system to the clinic the following morning. Our scientists will interpret the results and send a report to your doctor within five (5) business days.