How to Prepare

For your own comfort and to yield a high quality study, we recommend:

  • Bathe and shampoo hair prior to arrival at the center. This will remove oils, make-up, etc from skin and hair that would interfere with testing. Men should also shave prior to arrival
  • Consumption of alcohol, caffeine, and non-prescription drugs should be avoided on the day of test.
  • Take usual prescription medication, EXCEPT sleep medication unless directed by your physician to do so.
  • You may bring over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol, Zantac, nasal decongestants, etc. These medications will not be provided for you.
  • Avoid napping
  • Eat evening meal
  • Smoking will not be allowed
  • Family members CANNOT remain in the testing area, UNLESS they are accompanying a minor undergoing sleep testing.
  • Please inform the sleep technician if you have any special needs

Items to bring to the Sleep Center:

  • List of Medications (PDF)
  • Loose fitting two pajamas. (A robe and slippers are also recommended)
  • Personal hygiene items

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