Yes. You will have your own private room that is like a hotel room. Each room has a private bathroom with towels, washcloths, and other toiletries. Please bring a toothbrush, favorite pillow (optional) and any other personal hygiene items you may need. If you have special needs or requests, please call the office prior to your study.
Typically, patients leave between 5:00 am - 6:00 am; however if you need to leave earlier than 6:00 am (for work, etc.) we can wake you up as early as 4:30 am. If you need to be somewhere at a certain time, please let us know when you arrive at the center so we can accommodate your request. If you have arranged for a ride, they will need to pick you up by 6:00 am.
No. Significant others are not allowed to sleep overnight in the patient rooms. Please remember this is a test and any disruption in the room can wake the patient and compromise the accuracy of the test. We will make other arrangements for the patient if a partner must be available on-site for medical reasons.
Yes, however, this procedure is non-invasive (there are no needles involved) and painless. These wires will monitor your heart rate, limb movements, eye movements, airflow, breathing effort, chin muscle tone, and brain activity while you sleep. This is how the data is collected for the physician to review and interpret your sleep study. The application of the body sensors and electrodes allows you to change positions in your sleep.
The biggest concern most people have is whether they will be able to sleep. Surprisingly, most individuals are able to sleep, even with all the wires, the strange environment, and any number of things that could be disruptive. It is exceptionally rare to have someone not be able to sleep at all. If you are concerned that you may not be able to fall asleep, most patients can be given a mild sleep aid to help initiate asleep, if approved/prescribed by your physician prior to your sleep study. Asleep aid will not change the results of your sleep study. Make certain that all medications are approved by your doctor before using them on the night of your sleep study.
If you need to use the restroom during the night, your sleep technologist will temporarily disconnect you from the sleep monitoring equipment. The bathrooms are only a few steps away from the patient bedrooms.
If your physician has prescribed a sleep aid for the night of the study or approved a sleep aid for use during testing; Yes - you will need to bring the sleep aid with you.
If you take a sleep aid, you must wait until you arrive at the sleep lab before taking the aid or any other medication that makes you drowsy. Do not take any medications that make you drowsy prior to your arrival if you are driving yourself to the sleep lab.
Either is fine. If you take any medications that could potentially affect your driving, we ask that you arrange for someone to drive you to the sleep center. If you drive yourself - your car can be left overnight. Patient parking is just a few steps from the entrance and is in a well-lit parking lot. If you have arranged for a ride, they will need to pick you up by 6:00 am.