What To Bring With You
Feel free to bring anything that will make you more comfortable. The room is equipped with a flat screen TV, for those who enjoy watching television before bed time. The TV also features a variety of music channels. Our rooms include a queen size bed with pillows, and blankets. We also have extra blankets available if needed. Please feel free to bring anything that you typically use to relax before bed such as a book, music or your laptop. We also have a refrigerator in our kitchen if you need to put something you would like to stay cold for the morning.
If you have medications prescribed by your medical doctor or over the counter medication please bring them with you. We do have bottled water in the rooms and our kitchen area.
How To Prepare
On the day of your study:
Do not have anything with caffeine after 12:00 pm (noon). Avoid coffee, chocolate, and tea.
Please do not consume alcoholic beverages or intoxicating substances on the day of your study.
Please refrain from taking any naps on the day of your study.
Eat a normal meal before coming to the sleep center.
Make sure to shower or bathe, wash and dry your hair, also please do not apply hair sprays, oils, gels,
cologne, or perfumes.
Please avoid applying makeup before coming in.
There is no need to shave facial hair, but please "clean up" the area.
This is a smoke free building! No smoking allowed at all. If you need to smoke you will need to go down to
your car in parking lot.
24 Hour cancellation notice required to avoid no-show/aborted study fee of $300.
About the Sleep Study Procedure:
You will have your own private bedroom in the sleep center.
The hook-up process is painless and takes about 30-45 minutes to get you set up for your overnight sleep study.
Electrodes will be placed on your body, to monitor: sleep stages, eye movements, muscle activity, respiration and oxygen levels.
Our sleep technician will be monitoring you throughout the night for signs of sleep disorders, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Period Limp Movements, as well as providing you with CPAP therapy if necessary.
If you require CPAP therapy, you will be fitted with a mask of choice, to treat your sleep disordered breathing.
In the morning, our sleep technician will remove all monitoring devices and the study will end around 6:00AM.
We provide a complimentary, continental-type breakfast; which, includes coffee, tea, juices, and snacks.
When spending the night at our sleep lab we only schedule men or women on the same night due to respecting privacy and comfort of our clients. The only exception is if it is a married couple and you are both having a study on the same night.
We wish you a very pleasant stay! -Annette Barnett (Founder & Sleep Educator)
What To Expect Before a Sleep Study?
Before a sleep study, your doctor may ask you about your sleep habits and whether you feel well rested and alert during the day.
Your doctor also may ask you to keep a sleep diary. You'll record information such as when you went to bed, when you woke up, how many times you woke up during the night, and more.
You can find a sample sleep diary in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's "Your Guide to Healthy Sleep."
What to Expect During a Sleep Study?
On the night of your sleep study, you will be assigned to a private bedroom in a sleep center or hospital. Near the bedroom will be a central monitoring area, where the technicians monitor sleeping patients.
You will be hooked up to equipment that may look uncomfortable. However, most patients fall asleep with little difficulty.
Equipment Used for a Sleep Study
During the sleep study, surface electrodes will be put on your face and scalp and will send recorded electrical signals to the measuring equipment. These signals, which are generated by your brain and muscle activity, are then recorded digitally. Belts will be placed around your chest and abdomen to measure your breathing. A bandage-like oximeter probe will be put on your finger to measure the amount of oxygen in your blood.
HEALTHY SLEEP LOVES YOU!
Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, depression, and other ailments.
Sleep apnea is seen more frequently among men than women, particularly African-American and Hispanic men. A major symptom is extremely loud snoring... sometimes so loud, that bed partners find it intolerable. Other indications that sleep apnea may be present are obesity, persistent daytime sleepiness, bouts of awakening out of breath during the night, and frequently waking up in the morning with a dry mouth or a headache. However not all of these symptoms are always present. Only a sleep study in a sleep laboratory, or a home sleep study, can show definitively that sleep apnea is present and just how severe it is.