Instructions for your Sleep Study

(Print this page to use as a checklist for the day of your study)

On the day of your study:

  1. Avoid caffeine
  2. Avoid napping
  3. Take a shower and wash your hair. Do not use hair conditioner, hair spray or skin lotions because the technician will need to place small sensors on your head and body with tape and cream.
  4. Eat dinner before you come in and pack a snack if you need one before bedtime.
  5. Take any medication as usual.
  6. When you arrive at our building, it will be locked. Use the phone by the door and tell the operator that you are going to the third floor for an appointment. When you get to the third floor ring the doorbell. The technician will let you in. It may take a few minutes for him to get to the door, please be patient.

Bring the following with you to your sleep study:

  1. Bring your own pillow and blanket.
  2. You may bring reading materials and/or a vhs tape movie (there will be a TV/VCR in your room).
  3. Bring whatever nightclothes you are comfortable sleeping in.
  4. Bring a towel and washcloth if you plan to shower in the morning. (We have shower facilities on-site.)
  5. If you take medications before bed or when you first wake up bring them with you.

What you can expect:

When you arrive for your sleep study, the technician will take you to your room. You will be asked to change into your nightclothes. Small sensors will be placed on your head and body with tape and cream. The sensors are then plugged into a device that will monitor your sleep. If you need to use the restrooms once the sensors are plugged in, the technician can unplug the sensors. A camera in your room will monitor your body movements as part of the study. The technician will be outside your room the entire night. You will leave at approximately 6:30 am the following morning.

If you have breathing problems, a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device may be used. CPAP is a device that can help you breathe and improve your sleep. It may be used during the second half of your sleep study or on another night.

What the sleep study shows:

The sleep study monitors all stages of sleep. To do this, the following are recorded:

  • Eye movements
  • Heart rate
  • Brain waves
  • Muscle activity
  • Oxygen level of your blood
  • Breathing
  • Snoring
  • Body movements

Getting your results:

Your doctor will explain the results of your study at your follow-up visit. It will take a week to ten days for the results of your test to be evaluated and for the evaluation to be sent to your doctor. If you have any questions, contact our office and ask for Beverly. She will be happy to help you.


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