How to prepare for a sleep study?
A sleep study involves an overnight stay at a sleep center, hospital or even a special hotel room. These environments are set up to make you as comfortable as possible so you can have a full night’s sleep. Typically, you will not need to report for your sleep study until the early evening.
On the day of your sleep study, you should:
- Follow your regular routine as much as possible
- Avoid napping
- Avoid caffeine after lunch
- Avoid using hair sprays or gels that can interfere with the sleep recording
- Avoid alcohol or other sedatives unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor.
Your medical provider may recommend that you to temporarily discontinue using some medications prior to a sleep study.
When it is time to report for your sleep study, bring any items that you need for your nightly routine. Prepare for the sleep study as if you are staying at a hotel for a night. You may want to bring:
- Comfortable pajamas or clothes to sleep in
- A toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss
- Makeup remover
- Reading material
- Clean clothes for the morning
When you arrive, a sleep technologist will ask about your sleep habits. There may be a questionnaire for you to fill out.
You will have some time to make yourself at home. There will not be any other patients in your room. You will have a bathroom and you may have a TV to watch.