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Your Kelsey-Seybold Sleep Study:

What to expect and how to prepare

On the Day of Your Sleep Study:

  • Do not drink any caffeine after 2 p.m. on the day of your study.
  • Do not take any naps during the day on the day of your study.
  • Please arrive with clean, dry hair without oils or creams applied.
  • If you usually shower in the evenings, please do so before you arrive.
  • Men should be freshly shaven, unless a beard or mustache is worn.
  • Eat a typical evening meal before arriving at the Sleep Center.
  • Do not drink alcohol on the day of your study.
  • Bed partners are not permitted during the sleep study. If a family member needs to stay, you require special assistance or have other concerns, please alert us prior to your appointment.

An overnight sleep study is the best way to analyze your sleep to diagnose whether sleep disorders are present. A sleep study records a full night's sleep, including your brain waves, heartbeat, breathing, and the movement of your limbs while sleeping.

What to Bring:

Comfortable, two-piece sleepwear, preferably elastic-waist knit shorts (such as you would wear for sports) and a T-shirt. A special type of glue is used to secure electrodes, so you should not wear expensive nightwear. Female patients should not wear one-piece nightgowns.

  • Robe and slippers.
  • Any medications you normally take. No medications are available at the Sleep Center.
  • Reading material if you normally read prior to sleeping. A television is available in your room.
  • Toiletries you use in the evening or morning.  Each room has a private bathroom and shower.
  • Items you usually use when you sleep, such as a favorite pillow or blanket.

What to Expect:

  • You will be shown to a private bedroom. After changing into sleepwear, the technician will escort you to another room where he or she will attach small electrodes with adhesive to the surface of the skin on your head, near your eyes, on your chest, legs and chin.
  • The monitoring is non-invasive, meaning there aren't any needles or shots and the skin is not pierced.
  • After the electrodes are in place, you will be escorted back to your room.
  • Most patients find they are able to move in bed quite easily, even with the electrodes in place.
  • If you need to use the bathroom, the technician can be called in to unplug the monitors first.

The Next Morning:

  • In the morning, you will be awakened between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., unless otherwise directed by your physician.
  • All of the electrodes and other equipment will be removed and you will be free to leave.
  • Sleep study results are compiled and provided to the Sleep Center physician for evaluation. At your follow-up visit, these results are reviewed with you and treatment options are discussed.

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