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Frequently Asked Questions

bed1Why do we need good quality sleep?

Sleep is essential to maintaining a healthy body and mind. Sleep deprivation has short-term and long-term consequences. In the short term, lack of proper sleep can lead to decreased alertness and performance, memory issues, poor quality of life, excessive daytime sleepiness and lack of concentration leading to increased risk of injury on the job or on the road. In the long term, some of the risks include high blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, heart failure, stroke, obesity, diabetes and depression.

How much sleep do we need?
Some people are long sleepers, needing 9-10 hours to function. Others are short sleepers and do fine with 5-6 hours, but on an average most adults need 7-7 1/2 hours of sleep to feel refreshed. The national average, however, is about 5 1/2 hours. Adolescents need nine or more hours a night. Our sleep requirement decreases as we mature.

Why should I see a sleep specialist or get a sleep study?
Sleep specialists deal with all kinds of sleep problems. It is not healthy to have trouble falling sleep or staying sleep and or to not feel rested when you wake up. You may have poor quality sleep, which a sleep specialist may be able to identify and treat. The common symptoms of poor quality sleep are:

  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Sleepy while driving
  • Difficulty staying awake at meetings, church, etc.
  • Snoring
  • Stop breathing in sleep (reported by bed partner)
  • Early morning headaches
  • Legs acting out when trying to sleep
  • Jerking in sleep
  • Decreased energy and/or fatigue
  • Reduced productivity
  • Unexplained mood disorders

I snore a little, is that a problem?

It certainly can be. Snoring is a vibration caused by a blockage in your airway. Even a small amount of snoring can be an indication of sleep apnea. The only way to know with certainty is to have a sleep study.

Do you accept my insurance?

Yes. Most health insurance companies cover office visits, sleep studies and CPAP services. Please check our web site or call our office for the list of insurance plans that we accept. We will also get prior authorization for you for any sleep study. If we are out of network for your insurance provider we can offer services at in- network rates.

Do I need a referral? 

Some insurance may require a referral. We are happy to request a referral from you primary care doctor on your behalf. Alternatively you can request your doctor to fax the referral to us. Our fax number is 503.688.5509.

Is an office visit necessary before a sleep study?
An office visit is not mandatory but is highly recommended before a sleep study because not all sleep problems require a sleep study. The physician will be able to get a detailed history and do a limited physical examination before deciding if you would need a sleep study.

What if I have no insurance?
We can work out a private pay plan based on reasonable rates.

Will I have access to my health records and how will I communicate with the physician?
Yes, we will have a patient portal on our website with a log-in for you to access your records. We will also offer secure e-mail communication through the same portal to maintain strict confidentiality. You can also always call if you have a question and our physician will return the call promptly.

Does Somnique Health accept pediatric patients? 

Yes, ages 5 and older. A sleep consultation is required prior to a sleep study. A parent or guardian must accompany the child and remain for the entirety of the study. Please review the pediatric sleep section for more information.

How do I make an appointment?
Please call us at 503.688.5536 or toll free at 1-855.976.6642. You can also follow this link to make an appointment.