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   Your physician has prescribed a diagnostic procedure to analyze your sleep patterns and, while you will be under the care to your physician, you have been scheduled to come to the local speed laboratory for an overnight sleep study. 

    Highly trained and experienced sleep technologists, who have received specialized training in the field of sleep disorders, staff the sleep laboratory. Our technologist will strive to make you comfortable and keep you informed during the waking portion of your stay. 

    Throughout your sleep study process, no needles, drugs, x-rays or invisible procedures will be used- making this a very safe and painless process. 

Preparing For Your Study:
The following preparation should be made just before your overnight stay:

• Shower and shampoo your hair.
• Avoid using anything on  your hair after it has been cleaned and dried. (i.e. gel, cream, hair spray).
• Do not wear makeup or jewelry.
• Do not use creams or lotion on your face or body.
• Do not wear acrylic nails or hair braids/ weavers that can affect sensor placement. 
• Pack your sleepwear (which is required) and toiletries.
• Bring your reading classes, if applicable, for use in completing paperwork. 
• If you prefer, bring your favorite pillow and blanket—and any reading material or other items that can help you pass the time before bedtime. 

During your Sleep Study:

     When your study begins, the technologist will ask you to be seated and the process of placing special sensors on the various points of your body will begin. 
Depending on the type of sleep study prescribed, the sensor may be placed in the following location:

• On your scalp 
• On your forehead 
• On your temples 
• Near your eyes
• Under your nose 
• On your chin 
• On your finger 
• On your chest 
• On your leg

     The technologist will explain the purpose of each sensor as its being placed. Sensors are placed using a type of medical paste—and you should not experience any pain or discomfort with this process. 

     Shaving is unnecessary for sensors placed on the scalp- a simple hair part will be used. Some shaving may be necessary on the chest and on the leg if the patient has heavy body hair that would impact the quality of the sleep study. 
After the placement of the sleep monitoring gear, you free to relax until bedtime. Please inform the technologist of your normal sleep and waking times. When possible, we will try to accommodate your sleep schedule. 

At Bedtime

     Just before bedtime, the technologist will attach the long leads (wires) from your sensor to the computer monitoring system that is located at your bedside. Again, there is no pain or discomfort. 
     While is might seem a bit awkward to sleep with many wires running from your sensor to your bedside monitoring equipment, it should not create any discomfort or impair your normal ability to sleep or to get up during the night, should you need to use the restroom. 
The technologist will be nearby and will be continually monitoring your sleep study on our sleep diagnostic system. 

When Getting Up:

     Following your sleep study, the morning gear is removed. In those areas of the body where sensors were placed over body hair, there may be slight pulling sensation when the sensor is being removed, much like the removal of a band-aid. 
     You may use restroom, freshen up and get dressed for discharge. The result of your sleep study will be forwarded to your sleep study will be forwarded to your sleep physician for interpretation and the recommendation of the treatment, that’s right for you. 

Getting Your Results: 

     The physician, who ordered your sleep study, should have the results ready within one to two weeks. Also, the recommended treatment may be shared with your primary care physician. Depending on your diagnosis, either the doctor ordering your study or your sleep physician will be handling your treatment. 
     With certain sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, it may be necessary for you to return to the sleep laboratory for a second therapy related study. Your treating physician will make this determination. 

Treatments and Therapy: 

Treatments and therapies vary, depending on the type of sleep disorder. Some include: 

• Positive airway pressure device that help to keep the airway open during sleep;

• Medications;
• Surgery in nasal/airway region;
• Lifestyle changes;
• Weight loss and exercise;
• or, dental appliances.

When continues positive airway pressure (CPAP) is prescribed, ad u may be able to return to us for CPAP education, set-up and treatment. 

Types of sleep disorders

• Apnea (blocked airways or incorrect brain signals)
• Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome (sleeps/wakes too early)
• Bruxism (teeth grinding)
• Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (sleeps/wakes too late) 
• Fibromyalgia (muscular pain affecting sleep) 
• Gastrophageal reflux (Heartburn) 
• Hypersomnia (excessive daytime sleepiness)
• Insomnia (inability to sleep or sustain sleep)
• Nacrolepsy (uncontrollable urges to sleep)
• Nightmare (frightening dreams that can be recall) 
• Nocturnal Enuresis (bedwetting)
• Nocturnal hyperphagia (eating while asleep)
• Panic disorder (awakening with chest pain and panic) 
• Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (limb movement) 
• REM Behavior Disorder (dream enactment while asleep) 
• Restless Leg Syndrome (leg movement preventing sleep)
• Rhythmic Movement Disorder (head banging, body rocking)
• Shift Work Disorder (sleep problems due to shift hours) 
• Sleep Hyperhidrosis (extreme sweating while asleep)
• Sleep Paralysis (inability to move upon awaking)
• Sleep Terrors (unremembered frightening dreams)
• Somnambulism (walking/ performing activities while asleep)
• Somniloquy (talking during sleep)
• Plus over 50 others

Most Commonly Asked Questions

What is a sleep study? 
Usually performed in as private sleep room, asleep study involves the analysis of your body's sleep patterns. This involves the placement of special sensors to record the activity of your heart, lung, brain and muscles. In also monitors the air flow from your nose and mouth, as well as the level of oxygen in your blood. 

With an overnight sleep study, will I need to take the next day off?
Not usually. Before bedtime, give the technologist your time schedule so that ample time can be allowed for getting up, removing the sensors and freshening up before you leave. 

Will I be given any shots, injections, or medications during my sleep? 
No. The only medical devices which will be used are special sensors and they are placed on the surface of your skin using an affixative. 

Will I be shaved where sensors are placed?
Shaving is unnecessary on the scalp. Shaving may be necessary on the chest and leg, but only if heavy body hair is present. Shaving a small area where the sensor is placed assures a good reading and less discomfort (from the pulling of hair) when the electrode is removed. 

If I usually take over-the-counter or prescription drugs before bedtime, would I before a sleep study?
Normally yes; however, we ask that you check with your referring physician prior to your sleep study to be sure. 

Can I get up to use restroom during the night? 
Yes. The technologist will show you what needs to be done if you need to get up during the night—or, you may call the technologist to assist you at that time.