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Patient Instructions for Adults

What to Expect

Before you begin the study, you will be shown a video about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. You will then be set up with diagnostic equipment where your technologist can monitor your vital signs while you sleep.

Your technologist will inform you about the potential application of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine that may be used to treat certain disorders during the night of the test if specific criteria are met. In some situations, you may need to return to the Sleep Center for additional testing or treatment. Your doctor will discuss the outcome of your sleep study and make recommendations based on the diagnostic information collected during your overnight sleep study.

After waking you between 6-7 a.m. the following morning, we will provide a light breakfast.

How to Prepare

To ensure a quality study, please:

  • Eat dinner before you arrive. Dinner is not provided.
  • Do not eat or drink anything that contains caffeine after 2 p.m. the day of the test.
  • Do not drink alcohol or take stimulants or sedatives the day of the test.
  • Avoid naps the day of the test.
  • Bathe and shampoo your hair before coming in for your appointment.
  • Shave as usual. Beards and mustaches must be clean and dry.
  • Contact your insurance company if you have questions regarding coverage for your sleep study and/or CPAP equipment.

What to Bring

  • Your completed questionnaire, sleep diary or forms you were asked to complete.
  • Current insurance card(s) and a picture ID.
  • Your CPAP mask, if you currently use CPAP.
  • Loose-fitting, comfortable bedtime clothing. Sleepwear is required. Bring a special pillow or blanket (if desired).
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.). Bring whatever you need to get ready for bed and the following morning.
  • Medications normally taken before bed and the following morning, including aspirin, sleep aids, antacids, insulin, etc. Medications are not available at the Sleep Center.
  • Leisure activity to unwind before bedtime (book, magazine, knitting, crossword puzzles). Wi-Fi and television are available in your room.

Because we care about your health, there is no use of tobacco throughout the building and grounds. This includes e-cigarettes. Contact your provider with any concerns. Your provider may be able to prescribe a nicotine patch for you.

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

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