Frequently Asked Questions
- What happens if I get sick the day I am suppose to have my test?
If you become ill or are running a fever the day before or the day of your sleep study, please call so that we can reschedule your appointment.
- Should I go to work or school the day of my study?
Maintain your normal daytime schedule as close as possible.
- Should I eat any special diet the day of my test?
Please do not drink caffeine after 12:00 noon.Eat a sensible dinner before you arrive. Avoid spicy foods, large meals, etc.
- Should I rest or take a nap before my study?
If at all possible, refrain from taking a nap the day of your sleep study.
- What should I bring the night of the study?
Bring something comfortable to sleep in. You may bring a robe and slippers also.
Bring your favorite pillow if you wish. (Please remember to grab it on your way out in the morning)
Bring anything that you might take to a hotel for one night.
Please bring your insurance card(s) with you when you come in to have your sleep study.
- Will I be able to wake up ealy enough to be at work?
If you must leave and go to work and would like to take a shower the morning after your study, please inform your technician what time you will need to be awakened.
- Should I take my medications on the day of the study?
Take all regular medications on the day of your study and bring any nighttime medications with you that are to be taken before bed unless otherwise instructed by your physician. If you take something to help you sleep, please inform your technician when you arrive.
- I have to get up often during the night to use the bathrrom, will I be able to get up once the study starts?
Our diagnostic equipment is very mobile and allows you to get up when necessary to use the restroom.
- What time should I arrive at the lab?
You will need to arrive at 8:30 p.m. to check in for your sleep study.
- What Should I expect the night of my study?
You will need to arrive at 8:30 p.m. to check in. After you have registered, a sleep technician will escort you to your room. Wires will be placed on your head, face, legs, and chest to monitor several different parameters including brain waves, eye movements, leg movements, and your heart. Belts will be placed around your waist to monitor effort while you breathe and a small microphone will be placed on your neck to check for snoring.
One purpose of a sleep study is to diagnose a condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that can cause you to awaken frequently throughout the night from snoring, decreases in airflow, and in some instances an absence of airflow while trying to sleep.
If enough information is obtained that the physician can adequately diagnose you with sleep apnea, your technician will apply CPAP. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP delivers a specific amount of air into your airway through a mask that you wear while you sleep. The air pressure is increased until you are no longer having breathing problems or snoring allowing for you to sleep normally. This is a process that can only be done in the sleep lab under technical supervision ensuring that you are sleeping normally and the pressure settings are correct.
Please contact the lab if you have any questions and we will be more than happy to assist you.