Once you are scheduled for an evaluation, you will receive a packet of information in the mail containing details about where and when to come to the sleep lab. If you have questions or become lost, please call the number listed in that material.
You will want to bring the following items with you:
- Prescribed medication(s)
- Shower gel, soap and shampoo
- Sleepwear (required) and basic toiletries
- Reading glasses, if applicable, there are forms to read and sign
- A favorite sleep item(s): pillow, blanket, teddy bear
- Reading material
Please do not wear makeup, jewelry, body lotions or creams, hairspray or other hair products. If you have any special medical concerns or needs, such as those described below, please let us know so we can make your stay more comfortable.
- Supplemental oxygen
- Incontinence problems
- Wheel chair
- Assistance walking or using the bathroom
- Cardiac or respiratory problems
- Anxiety or depression
If you need a family/caregiver to stay overnight or a translator, accommodations can be made.
When You Arrive
A sleep technologist will greet you upon arrival, assist you to the sleep room, and show you the other facilities. Once you are settled, the technologist will ask you some brief questions and will apply various surface sensors to monitor your sleep patterns.
Common sensor locations include:
- Scalp, chin & chest
- Near the eyes & ears
- Under the nose
- Forehead & finger
- Around chest & stomach
- Lower legs
If you have any questions about the sensors please ask the technologist.
In most cases, you will not need to be shaved. Your head and beard are never shaved, but occasionally it is necessary to shave the legs and upper chest. After this preparation you will have an opportunity to relax, read or watch TV. We will try to accommodate your normal sleep/wake times when possible, so please let the technologist know your usual routine. When it is bedtime the technologist will do the final attachments when you lay down. The technologist may request that you move your legs, hold your breath and open and close your eyes to check the sensor preparation. You will be able to turn in your sleep and sleep in any position. Should you need the restroom, the technologist quickly will assist you. Your room is equipped with an open intercom system to hear requests and your snoring!
The sleep study ends when you need to resume your normal activities (work, school, daycare, etc.) or at a preset time. The technologist will ask a few brief questions and remove the equipment, ending the study. You then can use the shower facilities to prepare for your day.
Once available, your results will be sent to your referring physician and any others you have designated. If certain sleep problems are diagnosed (such as sleep apnea), a second sleep study often is recommended to determine the proper treatment.