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Duke Sleep Disorders Center

Type:Duke University Hospital Outpatient Department
Hospital-based clinics are outpatient departments of an individual Duke hospital and have additional facility charges. Some insurance companies process bills with a deductible and coinsurance rather than as a co-pay as for an office visit. This may impact the amount of the bill you are responsible for after payment from your insurance plan. Check with your insurance company before your visit to determine what your responsibility will be.

The Duke Sleep Disorders Center is an accredited sleep laboratory located on the campus of Duke University Hospital in Durham.

You or your child may be referred to the Duke Sleep Disorders Center for an overnight sleep study (also called a polysomnogram) or another sleep test. We aim to provide a comfortable, restful sleep experience coupled with the expertise of Duke sleep disorders team. We facilitate overnight sleep studies for adults, adolescents, and children (including infants).

Clinic Hours

Open - Close 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Closed Closed
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

*Sleep studies are performed overnight seven days a week for scheduled patients only.

400 Elf St
Durham, NC 27705
Appointments 919-684-2057    919-684-2057 Office 919-684-2057
Fax 919-684-2000

Clinic Hours

Open - Close 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Closed Closed
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

*Sleep studies are performed overnight seven days a week for scheduled patients only.

Sleep Disorder Treatment

Find information about sleep disorder types and what treatments we offer at Duke Health.

Sleep Testing Services for Adults and Children

Duke sleep technologists administer various sleep tests to help diagnose adult sleep disorders and sleep disorders in children, like circadian rhythm disorders, narcolepsy, night terrors, parasomnias, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and more.

Overnight Testing

  • Polysomnography: A polysomnogram (a diagnostic overnight sleep study) is a specialized test that evaluates how your body behaves while you sleep. By monitoring your brain waves, oxygen levels, heart rate, breathing, eye movements, and leg movements, Duke’s sleep medicine specialists can learn more about your or your child’s sleep quality and what might be disturbing it.
  • Home sleep test: Used primarily to screen for obstructive sleep apnea, you will receive equipment and meet with a technologist who will instruct you on how to perform an overnight sleep study in the comfort of your own home. These are available for adults only.

Daytime Testing

These tests are administered while you take a nap.

  • Multiple sleep latency rest (MSLT): This test uses a series of naps to help identify narcolepsy and daytime sleepiness.
  • Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT): This test is often used by the Department of Transportation to determine a person’s ability to stay awake (to ensure it is safe for you to operate a motor vehicle).

Accepted Insurance

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below. Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

  • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
  • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS
  • Aetna Medicare Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
  • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
  • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
  • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
  • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
  • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
  • Aetna Select HMO
  • Aetna Traditional Choice
  • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
  • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
  • Aetna/CVS Health
  • Ambetter of North Carolina
  • Blue Advantage
  • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
  • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
  • Blue Select
  • NC State Employees Health Plan
  • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

  • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
  • Cigna Choice Plus
  • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
  • Cigna Open Access
  • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

  • Duke Basic
  • Duke Select
  • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
Gateway Health Alliance
  • Humana Choice (PPO)
  • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
  • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
  • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
  • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • First Medicare Direct
  • Medicare Part A
  • Medicare Part B
  • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
  • Carolina Complete Health
  • Healthy Blue
  • NC Medicaid Direct
  • WellCare of North Carolina
  • TRICARE Prime
  • TRICARE Prime Remote
  • TRICARE Select
  • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
  • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
  • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
  • All Savers Alternate Funding
  • All Savers Fully Insured
  • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
  • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
  • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
  • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
  • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
  • United Healthcare Option PPO
  • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
  • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
  • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
  • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
  • United Medical Resources (UMR)
  • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

About Us

Preparing For Your Overnight Sleep Study:

ADULTS (Ages 18 and Up)

On the day of your overnight sleep study, please make sure you do the following:

  • Eat dinner before your appointment.
  • Ensure your hair is clean, dry, and free of hair products. Hair pieces, weaves, and extensions must be removable to allow for placement of sensors.
  • Remove nail polish or false nails from at least one of your index fingers to allow placement of a sensor that will monitor oxygen levels.

What NOT to do on the day of your overnight sleep study:

  • Do not take a nap.
  • Do not drink caffeine or alcohol or use tobacco products after 2:00 pm.
  • Do not use skin lotions or oils.

What to Expect

After you arrive, a sleep technologist will place up to 30 small sensors on your head, torso, and legs. The sensors are painless.

You will be assigned a private room to sleep in. If needed, one caregiver can stay with you in the room overnight. Other loved ones can stay for a discounted rate.

You may use a positive airway pressure (PAP) mask while you sleep. This device helps open your airway so you can breathe better. There are several different types of PAP masks. Your technologist will work with you to find one that is comfortable.

While you sleep, a sleep technologist will monitor your brain waves, breathing, oxygen level, and muscle movements.

Your test will be completed at 5:00 am, and you’ll be able to leave by 6:00 am.

If you have any questions or feel that you may require special accommodations, please contact our team at 919-684-2057.

CHILDREN (Ages 0-18)

During your child’s overnight sleep study, a parent or primary caregiver is required to stay with the child. Technologists will place sticker-like sensors on your child to monitor breathing, brain waves, eye movements, and muscle tone. This process is painless.

During your child’s stay, you will have access to:

  • Private, in-room bathrooms and showers
  • A medications refrigerator (if you have nutritional items that need to be refrigerated, please bring a cooler with ice)
  • A television (in your room)
  • Wi-Fi

On the day of your child’s overnight sleep study, please make sure you do the following:

  • Bring any comfort items (like stuffed animals, blankets, or toys) that may help your child feel more at home.
  • Ensure your child’s hair is clean, dry, and free of hair products.
  • Give your child their usual medicines at their normal times, unless your doctor says otherwise. If your child will take any medicines at the Center, bring them with you. Make sure the technologist knows the medicines you are giving your child.
  • Serve your child dinner before arriving. Feel free to bring snacks, as long as they do not contain caffeine.
  • Bring pajamas without “footies” for your child to sleep in. Please bring a pair of socks, just in case.

What NOT to do on the day of your overnight sleep study:

  • Do not use oils or lotions on your child’s hair or body.
  • Do not allow your child to consume caffeine after 12:00 noon on the day of the study. (Caffeine can be found in chocolate, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and other sources.)
  • If possible, do not allow your child to take any naps on the day of the study.

Accessibility Services

We provide equal access for all people and offer a range of free accessibility services to patients and visitors who need them.

Interpreter Services

Free interpreter services can be provided for patients who prefer to communicate in a language other than English.

Free Wi-Fi Available


400 Elf St
Durham, NC 27705


Free, convenient parking is available.

Public Transportation

Plan your trip to Duke Sleep Disorders Center through GoDurham bus routes 611, and 11B or GoTriangle bus routes DRX (Durham-Raleigh Express) and ODX (Orange-Durham Express). The closest bus stops are Fulton St at Pratt St and Fulton St at Elder St. If you have trouble accessing these bus routes, visit GoDurham Access and GoTriangle Access to check if you meet the ADA eligibility for accessible transit programs.

Duke Transit provides free bus service to the Duke University Medical Center campus for students, employees, patients, and visitors. See maps of bus routes.