Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring?

Pack as you would for an overnight stay at a friend’s house. For the benefit of your privacy and comfort, please bring appropriate and comfortable nightclothes (such as T-shirts and sweat pants or pajama top and bottoms). Staff members will be in the general testing area. Review the recommended checklist below to insure that you have everything you might need. Also please bring the directions and forms that you received with your package.

Will I have a private bedroom?

Yes, you will have a private bedroom which will include a private bathroom with shower.

What about medications?

Please take your medications as usual and bring them to the center if necessary. We also recommend that you discuss your medications with your physician.

Can I wear nail polish?

If you wear nail polish we might have to remove it from at least one finger to obtain a good signal from the oxygen sensor.

Should I have dinner?

Please eat dinner before arrival. You may bring a snack if you wish. Dinner will not be provided.

Can I have a nap?

It is important that you avoid napping on the day of the study.

Can I have caffeine?

Avoid caffeine (coffee, colas, chocolates, etc.) after 12:00 noon on the day of the study.

Should I take a shower before the study?

You may find that a shower before arriving at the sleep center will make you feel more relaxed. Wash and dry your hair and do not apply any sprays, lotions, oils, gels, or make-up.

What if I am running late?

Please contact our lab directly and let us know of your approximate time of arrival.

What if I have special needs?

Please call our office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the sleep study procedure.

What happens when I get to the Center For Advanced Sleep Medicine?

Once you arrive at the center, a sleep technologist will welcome you and introduce you to your room. Our technologist will ask you to fill out some forms and will explain what to expect. Please feel free to ask any questions. Our technologists have been specially trained to monitor your sleep during the night. They will apply small sensors to your head, chest area and legs. Elastic bands will be placed around your chest and abdomen. These monitors will be connected to wires that attach to our recording equipment; after the electrodes are applied you may have some free time to relax before bedtime.

How will the electrodes be applied?

We will use a medical adhesive, which will be easily removed in the morning after testing.

What do the sensors do?

They will help us record brain wave activity, eye movement, muscle contractions, heart activity and your breathing during sleep.

Will I be able to sleep with the electrodes and wires?

You may find them a bit strange at first, but most people do not find them uncomfortable or an obstacle to falling asleep. We will make every effort to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. If a problem arises, our technologist will make adjustments. Every bedroom has an open intercom that will enable you to communicate with our technologist at any time. If you need to use the bathroom during the night, our technologists will assist and disconnect you temporarily.

When will I wake up?

If you are not already awake, you will be awakened between 5 and 7 a.m.

What do I have to know after the study?

A large amount of information is collected during your sleep study. Within a few days, a sleep specialist from the Center For Advanced Sleep Medicine will interpret this information. **On the night of your study our sleep technologists cannot provide you with any information about your testing results. We will contact you as soon as possible to determine treatment options.

When will my doctor receive my results?

It usually takes 7-10 days for your doctor to receive your formal report. You may need to schedule a follow-up visit with your physician to discuss the findings and recommendations for treatment. If you initially had seen one of our specialists, we will contact you as soon as possible to discuss treatment options. Our staff will go over this information when you come in for your initial sleep study.

What happens if I am scheduled for a Nap Study?

Your doctor may have ordered an additional test called a Multiple Latency Sleep Test (MSLT) as part of your overall evaluation. This means that you will need to stay at the center for most of the following day for a series of brief naps. The naps are scheduled throughout the day. You are more than welcome to bring reading materials, puzzles or any other entertainment items that will help you pass the time. You may also bring your laptop to access the internet.

What is the proper amount of sleep?

The appropriate amount of sleep varies from person to person. For most people, eight hours each night is enough. But for many, six hours is plenty and others may need ten. While your sleep habits may change throughout your life, contrary to popular belief, the amount of sleep you need doesn’t really change. The following are some tips to help you gauge if you are getting enough sleep:

  • Extreme drowsiness during the day and inability to keep from falling asleep during monotonous intervals
  • Irrational anger and irritability
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Forgetfulness and short term memory loss

How do I know if I have a sleep disorder?

Almost everyone experiences difficulty with sleep at some period in life. Problems can range from snoring to insomnia and can be related to times of stress or anxiety. But, if a sleep disorder persists for more than a week, you should contact The Center for Advanced Sleep Medicine.

If I snore, do I have sleep apnea?

No, not necessarily. Simple snoring is caused by a partial obstruction of the upper airways, which may be annoying, but not harmful. However, those with a total obstruction will follow loud snoring with brief periods of silence, which can mean they are not breathing. Very loud, consistent snoring is usually an indication of sleep apnea and should be investigated.

Is sleep apnea dangerous?

People with sleep apnea are actually suffering a deprivation of oxygen and therefore, the long-term effects can be dangerous if not treated. Some of the risks of the untreated condition include heart disease, strokes and high blood pressure. In addition, the lack of restful sleep can cause an individual to experience extreme fatigue, which can lead to accidents while on-the-job or driving.

Are there treatments for sleep apnea?

Yes. Some treatments for mild sleep apnea include lifestyle changes such as weight loss or modifications to sleeping positions. There are also a variety of oral devices that can be worn during sleep to help open the air passageway. However, more severe cases are treated with a procedure called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), which opens the air passage using, pressurized air blown into the nose through a nose mask device. Facial deformities which cause sleep apnea, such as jaw structure, enlarged tonsils or a large tongue can also cause moderate to severe sleep apnea. There are several surgical treatments that can be employed to correct these conditions. For more information, contact The Center for Advanced Sleep Medicine.

Are there support groups for sleep disorders?

Yes. These include:

What causes snoring?

Snoring is caused by a narrowing of your air passage, efforts to force air through the narrowed passageway creates snoring. An estimated 10-30% of adults snore, and in most cases it has no serious medical consequences. For an estimated 5 to 100 people, however, extremely loud nightly snoring is the first indication they might have obstructive sleep apnea.

How does diet affect my sleep?

Caffeine is a brain stimulant that interferes with sleep. It is present in coffee, tea, colas, cocoa, chocolate, and some prescription and nonprescription drugs. Alcohol, when ingested at bedtime, may induce sleep, but will disrupt sleep after it has been metabolized. Meals consumed shortly before bedtime can interfere with the ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, especially foods that cause stomach upset.

Solutions: Avoid caffeine and alcohol 4 to 6 hours before bedtime. Eat a light snack before bedtime, but avoid large heavy meals. Good examples for a light snack are milk and other dairy products consumed with carbohydrates like crackers. Consult your physician regarding your caffeine containing medications and discuss changing the time of day you take them.

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