What To Expect
A Private Hotel-Like Room
We know that taking a Sleep Test can make you anxious. That's why our private Sleep Center rooms resemble a hotel room with a private bathroom, comfortable furnishings and a television with remote control. You will be alone in your room but the technician is near-by in a separate room monitoring your sleep and available for questions or help.
We also know that your sleep at our Sleep Center may be a little different from your sleep at home. But this usually doesn't interfere with the test or obtaining the information we need to help diagnose your sleep problem.
When you arrive at 8:30 pm the technician will greet you and show you to your private room. To help you become comfortable, your technician will show you the equipment that will be used and give you a chance to ask questions.
Be sure to let the technician know if you have had any sleep changes or specific difficulties you haven't already discussed with your health care provider.
Getting Ready For The Test
You will have time to change into nightclothes and get ready for bed as you do at home.
There may be a waiting period before the technician applies the patches to measure your brain waves, breathing, leg, and eye movements.
You can read, watch TV or relax during this time. The electrode wires will be gathered together in a kind of ponytail behind your head so that you will be able to roll over and change positions almost as easily as you would at home.
The electrodes may feel strange on your skin at first, but most people do not find them uncomfortable or an obstacle to falling asleep.
If you have a commitment in the morning (for example, if you have to be at work at a certain time), be sure to inform the sleep technician prior to your study, so a wake-up time can be arranged. Your wake-up time should also be confirmed when you arrive.
What To Expect During Your Test
While you are sleeping, various important body functions and measurements are recorded. The technician will monitor your sleep throughout the night from a nearby room.
If a breathing problem is observed during your study, the technician may awaken you to ask you to try a device that treats breathing problems during sleep. If this is a possibility for you, you will be notified before you go to bed, and the use and purpose of the device will be explained.
This device, called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, includes a small mask that fits around your nose or your nose and mouth.
You can find out whether you will be having a CPAP trial during your study by asking your healthcare professional or the sleep center staff. If you will be trying CPAP during your sleep study, the technician will adjust the mask in advance to make sure it fits comfortably, and will usually give you a chance to practice with the device before you go to bed.