Do I need a negative COVID-19 test result prior to my sleep study?

We DO NOT require a negative COVID-19 test prior to the sleep study for PSG (polysomnography) studies.  We DO REQUIRE a negative COVID-19 test prior to the sleep study for 50/50 Split Night studies or PAP titration studies.

There are different types of overnight sleep studies: 

  • PSG (polysomnography).  Most patients who have not been previously diagnosed with sleep apnea or another sleep disorder begin with a PSG study which is an in-center overnight sleep study dedicated to diagnosing the sleep issue.  The sleep study report will list follow-on recommendations for your doctor to consider for therapy or additional testing.  We DO NOT require a negative COVID-19 test prior to the PSG study.
  • PAP titration study.  Some patients require a PAP titration study, which is an overnight sleep study utilizing a PAP device and designed to determine the therapeutic pressure needed for the PAP device. 
  • 50/50 split night study.  A 50/50 study combines the PSG and PAP titration studies into a single night study.
  • For PAP titration studies and for 50/50 split night studies, we DO REQUIRE the patient to present a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their sleep study, with the COVID-19 test taken within 7 days of the sleep study appointment.  For example, a patient can take the COVID-19 test on a Tuesday for a sleep study the following Monday.  There is a list of testing sites at the bottom of this FAQ.

If your doctor has ordered a PAP titration study for you, you will need to arrange to get a COVID-19 test within the test taken within 7 days of the sleep study appointment.  We recommend you schedule your sleep study first, then the COVID-19 test.  You must meet the following schedule:

  • COVIDÔÇÉ19 test on TUESDAY and sleep study no later than the following MONDAY evening
  • COVID-19 test on WEDNESDAY and sleep study no later than the following TUESDAY evening
  • COVID-19 test on THURSDAY and sleep study not later than the following WEDNESDAY evening
  • COVID-19 test on FRIDAY and sleep study not later than the following THURSDAY evening
  • COVID-19 test on SATURDAY and sleep study not later than the following FRIDAY evening
  • COVID-19 test on SUNDAY and sleep study not later than the following SATURDAY evening
  • COVID-19 test on MONDAY and sleep study not later than the following SATURDAY evening (we are closed on Sundays)

You must arrange with the test center to complete the test and send you the results prior to your sleep study.  You must bring the COVID-19 results with you to your sleep study.  Results sent electronically and displayed on your mobile phone are acceptable.

We list some COVID-19 testing options below.  Your physician may be able to give you additional options.  Please note that we are providing the list for convenience and do not recommend any particular provider of COVID-19 tests.

Testing Locations: May be free or charge insurance:

All Counties                       CVS                       www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing

All Counties                       LHI                        https://lhi.care/eventSessions/open-events

Kern                                     Kern County       https://www.kerncounty.com/government/covid-19-testing-sites

Los Angeles                        LA County           https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/

Orange                                Resource list       https://coronavirus.egovoc.com/testing-resources-orange-county

Riverside                             Resource list       https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing

San Bernardino                 Resource list       https://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events

San Diego                           SD County           https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/

Rapid Testing: May charge patient $100 to $150 or more:

Los Angeles                        Urgent Med        https://urgentmednetwork.com

Los Angeles                        XUrgent               https://www.xurgentcare.com

Orange County                 Urgent Med          https://urgentmednetwork.com

Coachella Valley               Resource list        https://www.dhcd.org/Rapid-COVID-19-antibody-testing-sites-open-across-Coachella-Valley    

San Bernardino County  24 Hour Urgent https://www.24hoururgent.com

San Diego County             Coastal                https://www.coastalfamilyuc.com/