Sleep Center

Most of us take a good night's sleep for granted. But it is estimated that nearly one-third of all American adults experience some form of sleep disorder or disturbance. While many disturbances are minor, some—such as sleep apnea, chronic insomnia and narcolepsy—can cause serious health effects. Fortunately, most sleep disorders are treatable once they're diagnosed. At UPMC Cole's Sleep Center, we are committed to providing first-class sleep diagnostics and treatment.

Services available:

  • Sleep consultation.
  • Sleep study (PSG or polysomnogram).
  • Positive airway pressure (PAP), titration study (CPAP) or bi-level PAP (BPAP).
  • Split night study (1/2 PSG and 1/2 PAP).
  • Compliance and CPAP troubleshooting.
  • Mask/CPAP desensitization.
  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT).
  • Adaptive servo ventilation (ASV).

Frequently asked questions

Who can be evaluated for sleep problems at UPMC Cole?

Anyone can be evaluated for sleep problems at UPMC Cole.

What does a sleep disorders evaluation entail?

A sleep disorder evaluation is a comprehensive medical assessment that begins with a sleep clinic consultation. During the consult, you will be interviewed by a sleep disorders specialist, or your personal physician may simply refer you directly. Diagnosis of many sleep disorders requires you to sleep overnight in our diagnostic facility. UPMC Cole provides sleep rooms that are private and comfortable in a hotel-like setting.

Sleep patterns are monitored by applying sensors to the skin's surface, which record brain waves, eye movements, heart rate, breathing patterns and body movements. This monitoring process is painless, and a technologist is available all night to ensure your comfort. After any sleep testing, further diagnostic or treatment recommendations will be made by your sleep specialist or personal physician with your involvement and consent.

Will my insurance cover sleep evaluations?

Overnight sleep testing is a procedure covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare. Once you have been referred for a sleep disorder evaluation, your referring physician's office should assist you by verifying your coverage and obtaining any precertification or authorization your insurance might require.

How long does a sleep evaluation take?

Because evaluations require that sleep patterns be observed at night, you must spend the entire night at the sleep center. All sleep rooms at UPMC Cole's Sleep Center contain a television with a DVD player. You are welcome to watch television or bring a DVD. You will be scheduled to arrive at the sleep center between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and tests are generally finished by 6 a.m. the following morning. If necessary, special arrangements can be made to conduct and complete sleep testing at different times.

What should I bring to an evaluation?

You should bring pajamas, sweats, shorts or any loose-fitting clothing in which you plan to sleep. Also bring a bathrobe and slippers as well as any toiletry items you require such as toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, a razor or shampoo. You may bring a favorite pillow or blanket if you like. Private in-room showers with bath linens are in each sleep suite. Refreshments (water, juices, coffee, muffins, danishes) are available throughout the night and in the morning. A detailed handout explaining what to expect during your sleep study and what to bring will be given to you when your sleep study is scheduled.

Can I take my usual medications?

All medications should first be discussed with a physician before making an appointment for a sleep study. Certain medications, such as sleeping pills, stimulants, antihistamines, and drugs for anxiety and depression can interfere with the test results and may need to be discontinued prior to the evaluation. However, unless instructed by a physician, you should continue to take all medications on the day and night of the sleep study.


Our sleep center has a comfortable, quiet, safe, hotel-like atmosphere with a queen-sized Tempur-Pedic bed and a recliner in each room. Cable TV and DVD players are provided for your use in each suite.We also offer a complimentary continental breakfast cart in the morning.

You wear your own bedclothes and can bring your favorite pillow (however, pillows are provided), a DVD or magazine/book.


After the sleep study, Frank Arnal, MD interprets the report. The findings are integrated with your sleep history to determine a diagnosis and make the appropriate treatment recommendations. A sleep study report is also sent to your referring physician, who should review the results with you at a follow-up office visit. If further testing is necessary, your referring physician may make those arrangements on your behalf.

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Sleep Center
(west entrance)
1001 E. Second St.
Coudersport, PA 16915
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Monday through Saturday nights
8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Sleep Clinic hours

Every other Wednesday