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Center for Sleep Medicine Frequently Asked Questions After the Sleep Study

September 1, 2016

When will l wake up?

If you are not already awake, you will be awakened between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m..

Does the sleep center provide breakfast?

As mentioned above, the center has a limited supply of breakfast items. Generally, we have muffins, cereal, crackers, milk, coffee and tea. If you have special needs, please let us know.

When can I leave the sleep center?

You should plan to add an additional 30 minutes to your usual morning preparation time to allow us to remove the electrodes. You may take a shower to wash your hair to remove the gels and paste used to attach the electrodes. If you have long or thick hair, it may take longer to remove the paste. If you need to be somewhere at a certain time, please let us know when you arrive in the center so we can accommodate your request.

If you have arranged for a ride, they will need to pick you up by 7:00 AM. If your ride is not going to get here by 7:00 a.m., we ask our patients to wait for their ride in a seating area near the exit door to the building. There are windows in that area so you will be able to see your ride when they arrive.

What happens if I am scheduled for a nap test?

Your doctor may have ordered an additional test called a Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) or a Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) as part of your overall evaluation. This means that you will need to stay at the center for most of the following day for a series of brief naps. The naps are scheduled throughout the day. Please bring reading materials, puzzles or other entertainment items that will help you pass the time. The center for sleep medicine provides breakfast and lunch for those having an MSLT. The center staff will have you fill out a menu the night you come for your study and will bring your order to our Café.

More information about the MSLT

Multiple Sleep Latency Test

Also called a “Nap Test”, the multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) is the standard way to quantify sleepiness and diagnose disorders of excessive sleepiness. An overnight diagnostic sleep test called a polysomnogram (PSG) is required the night prior to the daytime MSLT. After the PSG is complete, a series of nap tests are spread out over the following day.

After being asked to try to fall asleep for each nap test, sensors on the head and chest record your brain wave activity, eye movements, muscle contractions and heart activity to accurately detect if you fall asleep.

The information we collect during your study is reviewed and analyzed by our sleep specialists.

What happens after my sleep study?

A large amount of information is collected during your sleep study. A sleep specialist will analyze this information and a formal report with recommendations will be sent to your doctor. On the night of the study, the sleep technologists cannot provide you with any information about your testing results.

When will my doctor receive my results?

It usually takes up to two weeks for your doctor to receive your formal report. Please schedule a follow-up visit with your physician after that time to discuss the findings and recommendations for treatment. If you have seen one of our specialists, you should have a scheduled follow-up appointment made. This appointment will be for about one-week after your scheduled study.


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