How will I be able to sleep with all those wires?
This is the most common question. None of the sleep equipment is painful. In fact, the monitors are all quite small and designed to be as comfortable as possible. The monitoring wires will be gathered together in a ponytail behind your head so you can easily roll over and change positions just as you would at home. The devices may feel strange on your skin, but most people find that they do not prevent them from falling asleep. We recognize that your sleep in the center may not be exactly like your sleep at home but this rarely interferes with the quality of the study.
How can I sleep in a strange laboratory environment?
Many people expect the sleep center to be a cold, impersonal place with flashing lights, beeping alarms and stiff hospital mattresses. However, our bedrooms at the sleep center are quite homey and look more like a comfortable hotel rather than a hospital.
The monitoring equipment and technologists are in a separate room so you will enjoy a high degree of privacy. Your technologist will collect your sleep information into a specialized computer program. They will be able to tell when you fall asleep, but cannot read your thoughts or dreams.
What should I bring on the night of the study?
Before coming to the center, you should pack an overnight bag, just as if you were staying overnight at a friend’s house or hotel. Bring anything you need to feel at home. If you have special needs, the sleep center personnel should be able to accommodate you.
Take a look at the Sleep Study Check List to see a complete listing of everything you should bring.
Should I take my usual medications?
It is important for us to know both your prescribed and over-the-counter medications. This includes dietary supplements such as diet pills, melatonin, kava kava, valerian root, etc. Since many substances affect sleep, certain medications need to be discontinued prior to your study so that results can be interpreted correctly. Please do not discontinue any medications without speaking to your physician first.
If you have any questions please be sure to ask. Remember to avoid coffee and alcohol on the day/evening of your study.