If you're like me, you had your polysomnography sleep test done in a cold, clinical medical setting, devoid of any creature comforts whatsoever. Not so for those lucky enough to have their sleep study done at the Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center, which recently held its grand opening at a new location: the local Hyatt hotel. The Hyatt Place Cool Springs will be host to a new six bed center where patients can be tested for sleep disorders, and, as necessary, titrated for CPAP treatment.
The move is part of a trend toward making the overnight sleep study more comfortable and, in so doing, more closely replicate a patient's usual home sleep environment. Some critics of current sleep lab protocol cite the unfamiliar hospital-like setting of a sleep study as a cause of anxiety in patients being studied, and question the accuracy of sleep study results obtained in such a setting.