It is important that people with symptoms of a sleep disorder be evaluated by a primary care or Sleep Center physician. Once a medical evaluation is completed, an overnight sleep study may be recommended.
The process of collecting physiologic data during sleep is called polysomnography. During your study, devices will be used to painlessly record breathing, heart rate, oxygen levels and brain wave activity during sleep. You will also be under continuous observation through a video camera.
Preparing for a sleep study
Please follow the following guidelines:
Please make sure to bring the following items to the hospital on the evening of your test:
- Do not consume any alcohol within 48 hours of your overnight study.
- Do not consume any caffeinated beverages after 3 p.m. on the day of your sleep study.
- Do not bring large sums of money or jewelry with you.
- Personal items needed for you to comfortably prepare for sleep.
- Your own pillow if it will enhance a good night's sleep.
- Any medication you normally take during the hours you will be in the Sleep Disorders Center.
- The completed sleep questionnaire and diary that were provided by the center.
- Your hospital garage parking ticket.
Arriving at the hospital
Please park in the Quigley garage on Grand Street (entrance next to main hospital entrance).
- Enter the hospital through the double glass doors on the lobby level of the garage.
- Press the intercom buzzer to the right of the second set of glass doors.
- Announce yourself to the security officer.
- Enter the hospital lobby and follow signs to the Sleep Center.
- Once you arrive in the Sleep Disorders Center, you will be directed to a private bedroom specially equipped to monitor and record your sleep activity.
Upon your arrival, please notify the technician if you have to be awakened by a specific time in the morning. You will be discharged from the Sleep Center no later than 7 a.m. the morning following your test.