In addition to ensuring that your sleep study is accurate and your sleeping disorder is diagnosed correctly, we have also worked hard to ensure that your overnight stay with us comfortable and pleasant. You'll be sure to enjoy our centers' "bed-and-breakfast" atmosphere, continental breakfast in the morning, and our other pleasing amenities.
However, we also recognize that many of our patients are understandably concerned about other details, such as when to arrive, what to bring with them, and the like.
Below you'll find our sleep study guidelines, which should answer your questions and help you prepare for your test.
Our Centers' Policies
- The vast majority of our sleep studies require an overnight stay in one of our comfortable sleep centers. Please arrive at 9 pm.
- Our centers are smoke-free environments and therefore, smoking is not allowed inside our buildings.
- Please contact your testing center if you have a bad cold or are experiencing severe nasal or chest congestion on the day of your study.
- Your sleep study is a medical test, therefore, family members and / or friends can bring you to the center and stay only until initial study preparation begins.
- If you are a diabetic with specialized dietary requirements or have other special needs, please inform your sleep technician when you arrive.
What To Do Before You Arrive For Your Study
- Oils and moisturizers on your skin and hair may interfere with our ability to attach electrodes to your skin or scalp. Therefore, please bathe or shower before you arrive and shampoo your hair. You may use deodorant if you’d like, but please do not use moisturizers, hair spray, makeup, or other hair oils.
- Please do not consume any alcohol or caffeine beverages after 12 noon on the day of your study.
- If you are taking prescription drugs, please take them at your normal time(s) - unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor - on the day of your study. However, do not bring your medications with you to the study.
- Please do not take a nap on the day of your study.
- Eat your “normal” meals – including dinner – on the day of your study.
- You may bring over-the-counter medications with you such as Tylenol, Advil, Zantac, and the like. Please inform your sleep technologist of any medications you’ve already taken and / or plan on taking on the night of your study.
Items to Bring With You
- Loose-fitting two-piece cotton pajamas – sweat suits, t-shirts, shorts, and pants are also fine.
- Your favorite blanket, pillow, stuffed animal, etc.
- Personal toiletries such as toothpaste, mouth wash, soap, etc.
- Books, magazines, or other reading material.
- Multimedia equipment such as CDs, iPods, cell phones, laptops, headsets, etc.**
What To Expect When You Arrive
- Your sleep technician will greet you and take you to your room. Additionally, he or she will guide you through each step of the process and answer any questions you may have.
- Before you study begins, you may either relax, watch TV, read, or listen to music in your room or in our common living room area.
- Your study will begin no later than 11 pm, and conclude between 6 and 6:30 am. Your sleep technician will place small monitoring electrodes and “pads” on your chest, legs, arms, head, face, and back. Please note: You will be able to get up and use the restroom throughout the night as needed.