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Preparing for an Overnight Sleep Study
Preparing for an Overnight Sleep Study {copied from old forum}
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What do I need to do for the overnight sleep study?
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, or napping the day of the test.
Bring comfortable clothing to sleep in. You may also bring a pillow, if you'd like.
Eat your normal dinner before you come in.
Shower and wash your hair. Do not put oils/lotions on your skin. Do not use hair products.
Bring any medications you may need to take before bedtime.
You may bring a snack.

Should I take my medications?

Yes, unless specifically instructed by your physician, take your medication as usual. Also, bring any medication you will need during the night or early in the morning. The Sleep Center does not provide medication or snacks. It is important for the Sleep Professionals to know what medications you are taking since many medications can affect sleep.

What will happen when I arrive at the sleep center?

After you are checked into the lab, a technician will greet you and show you to your room. The technician will explain the set-up procedure and answer any questions you may have. You should also inform the technician of any changes in your sleep or specific difficulties that you have not already discussed with your healthcare professional. You will be given time to change into your nightclothes and get ready for bed. There may be a waiting period while the technician applies the electrodes. You may read, watch TV, or relax during this time. If you have a commitment in the morning, be sure to inform the technician so they will be able to make sure you are out early enough in the morning. Otherwise, you can expect to be discharged between 6:00 - 6:30 in the morning.

What should I expect during the sleep study?

A sleep study, or polysomnogram, is a recording that includes measurements used to identify various sleep problems. During sleep testing, small metal disks (called electrodes) are applied to your head with adhesive. The adhesive is easily removed and doesn’t damage your hair. The other electrodes are applied with EKG-type sticky pads. These are necessary to monitor brain waves, muscle movements, breathing, snoring, and heart rate. Soft belts around your chest and waist monitor your breathing. A sensor attached to your finger monitors your heart rate and blood oxygen levels. None of these devices are painful or dangerous and all are designed to be as comfortable as possible.

The sleep study, its analysis, and its interpretation are part of a complex process. After the study sleep, technologists process or "score" the large amount of data collected. A physician specializing in Sleep Medicine then interprets the information. This process is detailed process that may take some time to complete.

How will I be able to sleep with all those wires on me?

The wires are gathered behind you in a ponytail and it is attached to a box about the size of a small Kleenex box. This will enable you to roll over and change positions easily. The technical equipment and technologists are in a separate room from your bedroom.

Will I be able to get out of bed to use the restroom?

Yes. All you have to do is use the call bell and the technologist will unhook the ponytail of wires from the box and you will be free to use the restroom. The wires, and the box they are attached to, will rest around your neck while you use the restroom.

What happens after my sleep study?

You will have a follow-up visit with your healthcare provider or a Sleep Specialist to discuss the results of your study. It is preferred that you wait until the sleep study results are available before the follow-up appointment is scheduled. Sleep study results are not generally discussed over the telephone because of their complex nature. To fully understand the results of your sleep study, their implications, and treatment options, you should meet face-to-face with a healthcare professional.
02-22-2012 03:28 AM
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RE: Preparing for an Overnight Sleep Study
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archangle wrote:
You really, REALLY need to get your doctor to prescribe a sleeping pill just in case you can't sleep with all the junk on you. Otherwise, you may be paying for a sleep test, and getting nothing in returen.

Lots of people end up with useless nosleep tests, paying tons of money, and giving up on sleep tests because pigheaded doctors want to play games about getting "pure" results undisturbed by sleeping pills.

b360155 wrote:
Excellent advice! I had both an initial sleep study and the follow up for the mask fitting and both times I ended up taking a sleeping pill. It's very unnatural sleeping in a foreign room and bed, having all kinds of wires attached to you and having someone watching you on a camera. Both times I determined after about 30 to 45 minutes that there was no way I was going to fall asleep without one as I'm normally one that falls asleep within minutes of laying down in bed. Great-info
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JudgeMental wrote:
All excellent advice. Some sleep centers will have sleeping aids available and will offer them. Some maybe not. Before a sleep study, I would certainly call ahead to the center and ascertain whether they are available and IF NOT I would obtain some from my primary care physician. (and take them)...They would certainly help with the unfamiliar and unusual sleeping arrangements.
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archangle wrote:
Many of the sleep centers these days are money making CPAP mills and don't have doctors or anyone qualified available to prescribe the meds and don't want to take any responsibility or go to any extra effort to make the test work for the patient.

Get the pills from the doctor who ordered the test.
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ejohnston wrote:
My best advice is to have a short night's sleep the night before the test so that you are tired when you go. Test results are better than if you take a pill. Take the sleeping pill with you "just in case."

Good luck!
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greatunclebill wrote:
regarding sleeping pills, a doctor has to order them. the tech's can't just give them out. my doctor ordered them ahead of time so they were there waiting for the tech to hand them out.

i specifically asked my doctor about the pills skewing the results or changing the results. he told me that the pills do not affect the outcome.

archangle wrote:
They probably affect the outcome somewhat, but not as much as not sleeping.

greatunclebill wrote:
i have to go with what the doctor told me.
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OldTeddyBear wrote:
If you are taking sleeping pills try them out before going for the test. I was prescribed some a few years ago and had a reverse reaction. I could not stop moving for approx 6 hours (but boy did the house look clean).

Also be carefull not to get yourself overtired, it happend on my first sleep study and I started to become more alert just before going to bed and was awake nearly all night.
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RE: Preparing for an Overnight Sleep Study
I would emphasize taking a list of your medications as suggested. If you're taking very many meds it can be hard to remember them all.
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RE: Preparing for an Overnight Sleep Study
Hello all,

You mention that you will be able to read, etc. at the study which is normally the case. Make sure to check with the study group as to what they offer as you may be able to bring in DVDs or at the vary least a preferred book or magazine.

Also, I have found that some of the sleep groups have arrangements with particular mask manufacturers so be aware that there may be some limitations on what you can try out.

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