Before Your Test
What to Bring
During Your Test
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
After Your Test
What Happens After Your Sleep Study?
Paperwork for Your Procedure
After lunchtime (noon), please do not:
Before you leave home, please:
- Consume any caffeine (soda, coffee, tea, energy drinks, chocolate)
- Consume any alcohol
- Take any naps
Arriving at the sleep lab:
- Shower or bathe.
- Wash your hair.
- Do not apply hair products, makeup or heavy creams/lotions to your skin - these will cause the electrodes to easily detach from your skin and interfere with the study.
- You do not need to arrive early. Please plan to come at the time provided on your confirmation letter.
- For directions and parking information, please refer to your confirmation letter.
Soap, shampoo, towels and washcloths are provided by the sleep lab. Blankets and pillows are provided, but please feel free to bring your own if it will make you more comfortable.
- Your completed Sleep Diary
- Your completed Questionnaire
- A photo ID card
- Your insurance card(s)
- Pajamas or something comfortable to sleep in
-Two-piece required, please no nightgowns
-Shorts and short-sleeved tops work the best
- Bring any other toiletries that you think you will need
During Your Test
When You Arrive
If you have arranged transportation, please have them arrive no later than 6 a.m.
- Our sleep technologist will collect all paperwork from you and make photocopies of your identification and insurance card(s).
- The technologist will show you to the private room in which you will spend the night and will attach all monitoring sensors.
- You will be able to read or watch TV if either is part of your normal sleep routine.
- No blood work is needed for this test and no medication will be administered. You will be allowed to fall asleep at your own pace and will be awakened by the technologist at approximately 6 the following morning.
- A continental breakfast is available.
- This is a study that looks at your sleep cycles by recording your brain waves. It also looks at your eye movements in sleep, the electrical activity of the muscles, blood pressure, respiratory rate, oxygen levels in the blood and heart rhythms.
- One of the Sleep Study Technicians will meet you on your arrival.
- They will tell you what they are going to do and they will attach all the monitoring equipment to you.
- Your test will be finished at 6:30 am, and you may leave. If you took medication to help you sleep, we prefer you have someone drive you home since the medication may have lasting effects and make it unsafe for you to drive.
- This may be applied with or without oxygen as required.
- A small mask is applied to your face, secured with wide elastic straps over your head and tubing plugged into the machine.
- Many people find the machine quite noisy at first but soon become used to it. This is designed to help your breathing while you sleep.
- The staff will observe you closely and make pressure changes to find the proper pressure needed to keep your airway open and monitor your oxygen levels and sleep quality.
- After completion of the overnight sleep study, a sleep technologist will review the study and then send it to a physician specializing in sleep medicine, who completes the interpretation. This process is normally completed in seven to 10 business days.
- These results will be sent to your referring physician.
- If the first overnight sleep study is positive for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, you will be required to return to the center for the second part of the sleep study process.
- In addition to making a diagnosis, our interpreting physician may prescribe lifestyle changes, medication or other treatments to help you get the adequate sleep that is essential to your health and peak performance.
Some insurance guidelines mandate that you obtain follow-up appointments to ensure compliance with CPAP therapy, if ordered.
We hope to exceed your expectations. If you have complaints/suggestions, please let us know - you will receive a survey. We value your feedback, so please let us know how we are doing.
Patients under age 18:
Patients using home oxygen:
- All minors must have a parent or guardian stay with them throughout the procedure. Accommodations will be provided if needed.
- Our facility will provide oxygen to patients who have been prescribed oxygen by a physician. Please let us know what setting your doctor has recommended.
Patients requiring assistance:
- The sleep lab is a wheelchair-accessible facility. Please notify us if you require a wheelchair, but do not plan to bring your own.
- Our technician is available to help patients who need minimal assistance to the restroom.
- If you require assistance throughout the night, please let us know if you would like a potty chair to be provided or if someone will be staying with you to help.
If you have a sleep disorder, talk with your doctor to see about getting help.
For more information, call: 423-431-6816
For scheduling, call: 423-431-1709.
If you are outside of our local toll-free area, call 1-800-659-6762.