Sleep Laboratory Overview
Please check in promptly. We’ll ask you to fill out a short questionnaire about your previous night’s sleep, any medication you might have taken, and other factors that affect sleep. Then we’ll show you to a private sleep room.
Once you are comfortable, a technician will apply your monitors. If you are having an overnight test, you will need to change into your sleepwear first.
Electrodes are attached with tiny dabs of washable paste or tape to your scalp, face, chest and legs. For some tests, we may also ask you to wear a few broad, stretchy bands across your chest and abdomen to watch your breathing and heart rate, a breathing sensor under your nose or a blood-oxygen monitor on your finger.
The Tests and Their Results
If you are having an overnight test, you and your technician will decide on a wake-up time, and then you will be encouraged to go to sleep. Many sleep study patients say it is easy to fall asleep with the monitors on. An intercom is available to call a technician should you need to get up in the middle the night.
The following morning, a technician will remove your monitors and you may shower in your private bathroom and prepare for your day. We provide a light breakfast. A few days later, you will receive a brief letter outlining the results of your sleep test, and detailed results will be available to your physician as well.
If you are having a multiple sleep latency test or a maintenance of wakefulness test, you will need fewer monitors. The technician will discuss your schedule of sleep and waking periods for the day. During your waking periods, you may read, watch TV or work on personal projects. A light lunch is provided around noon.
As with the overnight tests, a few days later you will receive a brief letter outlining the results of your sleep test, and detailed results will be available to your physician as well.