Sleep Study FAQ’s
The sleep study is simple and painless. When you arrive at the sleep center, a sleep center technician will show you to a private bedroom. The technician will connect you to a variety of small discs (electrodes) to monitor heart, brain, eye and leg movements, in addition to monitoring oxygen levels and breathing patterns. This process takes approximately one hour to ensure that all the connections are sufficient for videotaping to correlate body position and movement with physiologic data. If you are going to have a CPAP study, the technician will help you select a mask most comfortable for you to wear during the study. After the electrodes are placed, you can relax until the technician is ready to have you go to sleep. Your sleep and breathing will be monitored for the entire study. If you need to get out of bed to go to the bathroom, you can alert the staff and they will help you. The technician will wake you after the study is complete usually by 6 AM or earlier.
Please bring comfortable sleepwear, which you normally use to go to bed. Bring something to read or work on while awaiting the start of the test. Our sleep center has cable connection with at screen television in the bedroom. Please ask for the wireless Internet connection available if needed. Please do not forget to bring your medications you take at bedtime or in the morning. We cannot administer or provide medication at the facility. Our bedrooms at the sleep center are equipped with private and full bathroom with shower. Yes, you can take shower in case you need to go to work in the morning after the study is complete. We provide snacks (juice, coffee, tea and crackers) when requested. If you are diabetic and have special needs we encourage you to bring food items that will satisfy you dietary requirements. Please do not bring any valuable items with you during your study at the center. The sleep center does not have a safe deposit box and NOT responsible for any items lost during the testing
- Eat your regularly scheduled meals the day of your sleep study.
- Avoid alcohol or caffeine (coffee, tea, and soda, chocolate) for least 24 hours before the study if possible.
- Ask your physician if you should stop any medications before having your sleep study.
- The night before your sleep study, go to sleep at your normal bedtime. DO NOT take naps during the day of your study.
- Shower and wash your hair prior to the study. Please DO NOT use any make-up, hair gel or spray, which can interfere with the recording by the electrodes, attach to your scalp. If you have hair weave, please unbraid your hair prior to arrival at the center
Our board certified sleep specialist will read your sleep study and a final report will be sent to your physician. You should schedule a follow-up visit with your physician to discuss the results of your sleep study and any treatment that is needed. If the study shows that you need additional treatment, your physician will order the equipment you may need, arrange training on how to use the equipment, and schedule more tests that may be needed.
Please notify our staff at the sleep center in advance. The information you provide will assist our staff to meet your specific needs to ensure a safe and comfortable stay at the center.