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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