Please follow the recommendations below to get ready for your sleep study and help make it successful. Your doctor may modify or add to these instructions. Always follow the specific instructions from your doctor.
Check with your insurance company
Make sure you see what your financial responsibility is for the test by calling your insurance company. Some insurance providers have specific tests they do or do not cover or may require pre-authorization. Sleep studies are usually considered outpatient procedures even though you will stay overnight.
Take your usual medications, and bring them with you, including sleep aids
It is important you sleep during this test. If you usually require a sleep aid (such as Ambien or Lunesta), bring it with you and take it as usual. Your doctor may recommend you bring an over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol PM if you do not have a prescription sleep aid.
Do not take any stimulants or sedatives or drink alcohol the day of the test.
After 3 p.m., do not drink or eat anything that contains caffeine the day of the test.
Avoid napping on the day of the test.
Shower and shave before you come, as needed
In order for electrodes and other sensors to be attached securely, it’s important to have clean, dry hair and skin. Do not use conditioners, cream rinse, or oils in your hair. Remove all lotions and make-up from your face. Shave as usual. Beards and mustaches are fine — they also just need to be clean and dry.
Bring or wear loose-fitting clothes like shorts and a T-shirt, or modest, two-piece pajamas, or sweats
All studies utilize video recorders to allow technicians to observe changes in your sleep patterns. Technicians will also need access to place electrodes on your stomach and upper chest.
Bring what you use to unwind before bedtime
This can be a magazine, a book, knitting, or crossword puzzles. Televisions are available in our comfortable sleep rooms as well.
Bring what you need to get ready for bed, such as your toothbrush
A shower will be available and you are free to bring your own pillow. Also, bring clothes and whatever else you need to get ready in the morning.
Before you arrive, eat dinner.
Bring your sleep diary, if you have one
If your doctor gives you a log or sleep diary to use to record your sleep times and other information, please bring it with you.