FAQs

Q. I’ve been scheduled for a sleep study, what should I expect?
Q. What should I bring to my sleep study?
Q. Will I have a private bedroom?
Q. What about medications?
Q. Can I wear nail polish?
Q. Should I have dinner?
Q. Can I have a nap?
Q. Can I have caffeine?
Q. Should I take a shower before the study?
Q. What if I am running late?
Q. What if I have special needs?
Q. What happens when I get to the The Sleep Center?
Q. How will the sensors be applied?
Q. What do the sensors do?
Q. Will I be able to sleep with the sensors and wires?
Q. When will I wake up?
Q. Will I be told the results of my study when I awake?
Q. When will my doctor receive my results?
Q. What happens if I am scheduled for a Nap Study?

Q. I’ve been scheduled for a sleep study, what should I expect?
A. After you schedule an appointment you will receive a package of information including directions to the sleep center, some information about the study, and a health questionnaire. We will send you this packet by mail, email, or fax according to your preference.

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Q. What should I bring to my sleep study?
A. Pack as you would for an overnight stay at a friend’s house. For the benefit of your privacy and comfort, please bring appropriate and comfortable nightclothes (such as T-shirts and sweat pants or pajama top and bottoms). Review the recommended checklist to insure that you have everything you might need. Also please bring the directions and forms that you received with your package.

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Q. Will I have a private bedroom?
A.
Yes, you will have a private bedroom.

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Q. What about medications?
A. Please take your medications as usual and bring them to The Sleep Center if necessary. We also recommend that you discuss your medications with your physician.

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Q. Can I wear nail polish?
A.
If you wear nail polish (particularly reds and dark colors) we might have to remove it from at least one finger to obtain a good signal from the oxygen sensor.
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Q. Should I have dinner?
A. Please eat dinner before arrival. You may bring a snack if you wish. Meals will not be provided.

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Q. Can I have a nap?
A. It is important that you avoid napping on the day of the study.

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Q. Can I have caffeine?
A. Avoid caffeine (coffee, colas, chocolates, etc.) after 12:00 noon on the day of the study.

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Q. Should I take a shower before the study?
A. You may find that a shower before arriving at the sleep center will make you feel more relaxed. Wash and dry your hair and do not apply any sprays, lotions, oils, gels, or make-up.

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Q. What if I am running late?
A. Please contact our lab directly and let us know of your approximate time of arrival.

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Q. What if I have special needs?
A. Please call our office between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the sleep study procedure.

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Q. What happens when I get to The Sleep Center?
A.
Once you arrive at the center, a sleep technologist will welcome you and show you to your room. Our technologist will ask you to fill out some forms and will tell you what to expect. Please feel free to ask any questions. Our technologists have been specially trained to monitor your sleep during the night. They will apply small sensors to your head, chest area and legs. Elastic bands will be placed around your chest and abdomen. These monitors will be connected to wires that attach to our recording equipment. After the sensors are applied, you may have some free time to relax before bedtime.

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Q. How will the sensors be applied?
A. We will use a medical adhesive which will be easily removed in the morning after testing.

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Q. What do the sensors do?
A. They help us record brain wave activity, eye movement, muscle contractions, heart activity and your breathing during sleep.

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Q. Will I be able to sleep with the sensors and wires?

A. You may find them a bit strange at first, but most people do not find them uncomfortable or an obstacle to falling asleep. We will make every effort to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. If a problem arises, our technologist will make adjustments. Every bedroom has an open intercom that will enable you to communicate with our technologist at any time. If you need to use the bathroom during the night, our technologists will assist and disconnect you temporarily.

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Q. When will I wake up?
A. If you are not already awake, you will be awakened between 6:00 AM and 6:30 AM.

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Q. Will I be told the results of my study when I awake?
A. A large amount of information is collected during your sleep study. Within a few days a sleep specialist from The Sleep Center will interpret this information. **On the morning after your study our sleep technologists cannot provide you with any information about your results. Your physician or your sleep physician usually has access to the results in five to seven days. If needed, based upon the results and your ordering physican, we will contact you to determine treatment options.

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Q. When will my doctor receive my results?
A. It usually takes 7-10 days for your doctor to receive your formal report. You may need to schedule a follow-up visit with your physician to discuss the findings and recommendations for treatment. If you initially saw one of our specialists, we will contact you as soon as possible to discuss treatment options.

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Q. What happens if I am scheduled for a Nap Study?
A. Your doctor may have ordered an additional test called a Multiple Latency Sleep Test (MSLT) as part of your overall evaluation. This means that you will need to stay at the center for most of the following day for a series of brief naps. The naps are scheduled throughout the day. You are more than welcome to bring reading materials, puzzles or any other entertainment items that will help you pass the time. You may also bring your laptop to access the internet. We provide lunch.

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