The Sleep Center is open seven nights a week, and can accommodate up to six patients each night. Special arrangements can be made for physically impaired patients or those in need of transport by ambulance.
- Before your sleep study, bathe and wash your hair, avoiding conditioners, oils, and make-up. Clean hair and skin help the sensors stay attached.
- Stick to your normal routine. If you usually exercise, drink alcohol, or take medication before bed, ask your doctor whether you should do so the night of your study.
- Bring your toothbrush, sleepwear, pillow, books, magazines, and anything else that helps you sleep comfortably.
- Prior to testing, inform the technician whether a wake-up call is necessary in the morning.
No smoking is permitted in the facility.
Testing in the Sleep Center
Upon arrival to the sleep center, patients are shown to a private bedroom, asked to change into night clothes and get ready for bed as usual. There may be a waiting period to read, watch television, and relax before the technician sees you. Shortly before bedtime, the technician will apply painless sensors to your face and neck, which will monitor your body responses and breathing patterns throughout the night.
The electrodes will record all heart, lung and brain activity, muscle movements, nasal and mouth airflow, and the level of oxygen in your blood. In addition, all body movements are videotaped, and snoring, talking or other noises made during the test are recorded. A technician watches the recording on monitors throughout the night to ensure there are no problems with the equipment or the patient.
After the sleep study results are analyzed and interpreted, your referring physician will contact you about two weeks following the study. The results should give your doctor important information to help make a diagnosis, enabling him/her to recommend a treatment option.