- Should I take my medications as usual?
- How will I be able to sleep in a strange environment with all those wires on me?
- What if I need to go to the bathroom while I’m hooked up to all those wires?
- What happens if I am scheduled for a nap study?
- If my child is having a sleep study, can I stay with them through the night?
Should I take my medication as usual?
It is important for your sleep professional to know if you are taking any prescribed or over-the-counter medications, since certain medications can affect sleep and the interpretation of a sleep study. Sometimes certain medications need to be discontinued gradually prior to a sleep study so that the sleep study results can be interpreted correctly. Do not discontinue any prescription medication without first talking with your healthcare professional.
How will I be able to sleep in a strange environment with all those wires on me?
— This is the question asked most frequently by patients prior to their sleep studies. Many people expect the sleep center to be cold, bright, technical and impersonal-looking. At most sleep centers, however, the surroundings (and especially the bedrooms) are homey and comfortable, like a hotel room. Most patients fall asleep quickly. Our sleep office offers medication to patients who have significant difficulty falling asleep.
What if I need to go to the bathroom while I’m hooked up to all those wires?
— This is actually a very easy task. Because all of the wires which are attached to you are generally plugged into a box, all you need to do is say out loud that you need to go to the bathroom. The technicians will hear you and come in and unplug you from the box and you are then free to get up. Most patients have to get up at least once during the night.
What happens if I am scheduled for a nap study?
— Sometimes an additional test, called a multiple sleep latency test (MSLT), is needed as part of the overall sleep evaluation. This test requires that you stay at the center for most of the following day for a series of short naps beginning the morning after your overnight study. The naps are scheduled at set intervals throughout the day. Your sleep patterns will be monitored with most of the same recording equipment used the night before. The amount and type of sleep you get during naps can help the sleep specialist understand complaints of sleepiness better and make decisions about specific sleep disorders and treatments.
Be sure to find out whether you will be staying at the center the next day so you can plan ahead. Call the center in advance to find out specific breakfast and lunch arrangements and the approximate time you will be able to leave. You may also want to ask about watching TV or videos between naps.
If my child is having a sleep study, can I stay with them through the night?
— If your child is under the age of 12, and you wish to stay then accommodations will be made. You may stay either in the bedroom in a recliner or in and adjacent bedroom. If your child is over the age of 12 and feels comfortable staying by themselves, then you can check on your child throughout the night by calling our direct line at (720) 248-2030.