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FAQ’s: Before My Sleep Study at the Center of Sleep Medicine

October 30, 2016

What is the age range of patients you test at the Center for Sleep Medicine?

We can test patients from the age of 2 years old and up.

What is a sleep study?

For most patients, a sleep study is a key diagnostic component of a sleep disorder evaluation. A sleep study, also called a polysomnogram (PSG), measures your brain wave activity, eye movements, muscle contractions, heart activity, breathing and blood oxygenation during sleep.

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

Can I visit the center before my study?

Yes, tours of the sleep testing laboratory are provided during the day. Please feel free to call us to schedule a daytime tour before your test. We will be happy to accommodate your visit. You are also welcome to take a tour during your scheduled appointment.

What information will I get ahead of time?

Once you have scheduled your sleep study, you will receive a information package either in the mail or via email containing forms you need to complete, along with directions and phone numbers to the facility. Be sure to bring the directions, phone number, completed forms and your health insurance card on the night of your study.

What if I have special needs?

Please call our office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday to discuss your special needs requirements. We will try to accommodate your needs and answer any questions you may have about the sleep study procedure. If you do not speak English please let us know so we can make accommodations.

What should I bring?

Pack as you would for an overnight hospital stay. For the benefit of your privacy and comfort, please bring appropriate and comfortable 2-piece nightclothes (such as T-shirts and shorts or pajama top and bottoms). Other patients and staff members will be in the general testing area. Review the recommended checklist below to ensure that you have everything you might need.

Recommended Check List:

  • Comfortable nightclothes (2-piece pajamas or t-shirt and shorts)
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Change of clothes
  • Medications
  • Special pillow or blanket (if desired)
  • Reading material
  • Hair dryer
  • Snack/breakfast if you have special needs (the Center for Sleep Medicine provides snacks/breakfast items (muffins, juice, cereal, milk, and coffee). Snack items and drinks must not contain caffeine.

What about medications?

Please take your medications as usual and bring them to the center, if necessary. Upon arrival at the sleep lab, the technologist will be able to tell you your approximate bedtime so that you may take nighttime medications accordingly. Our staff will not be able to dispense any medication to you.

We also recommend that you discuss with your physician whether your medications will affect the sleep study results.

Can I wear nail polish?

If you wear nail polish we might have to remove it from at least one finger to obtain a good signal from the oxygen sensor.

Should I have dinner?

Please eat dinner before arrival. You may bring a snack if you wish. Dinner will not be provided.

Can I have a nap?

It is important that you avoid napping on the day of the study.

Can I have caffeine?

Avoid caffeine (coffee, colas, chocolates, etc.) after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the study.

Can I smoke?

Our centers are non-smoking facilities.

Should I take a shower before the study?

You may find that a shower before arriving at the sleep center will make you feel more relaxed. Please remove braids, hair weaves, and hair accessories (clips, rubber bands, etc.). Wash and dry your hair and do not apply any sprays, oils, gels, or make-up.

What if I am running late?

Please contact the sleep lab directly call 845-673-4629, if no answer leave a message) and let us know of your approximate time of arrival.

Can I drive myself to the sleep center?

Yes, you can. The only exception may be if you take a sleeping aid. If you generally wake up and are drowsy and take time to function, you may benefit from having someone bring you to the center and pick you up in the morning. Your safety is our primary concern.

Can my significant other stay with me?

Unless you need assistance, we do not encourage another person to be in the room during the study. This can affect the quality of your sleep and the results from the study.

My child is having a sleep study, should I plan to stay?

Yes, any child under the age of 18 years old must have a parent or guardian present. The parent or guardian can sleep on a recliner provided in the sleep room. We do not allow the parent or guardian to sleep in the bed with the patient. This will affect the quality of the patients sleep and results from the study. We also ask that parents/guardians make arrangement for siblings to be cared for, we can’t accommodate having them stay.

Studies on children have earlier start times; please make sure you speak to our staff to get your arrival time.

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