preparing for your sleep study

Sleep Study Instructions - Polysomnogram & CPAP Titrations

  • Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time as the technologist performing your study may not yet be on duty.
  • You will spend the night in the center.
  • Arrival time is typically 8:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. and you should be ready to leave the center between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Please notify us in advance if you require earlier/later times. We will make necessary accommodations.
  • Please do not drink any caffeinated beverages after 12:00 p.m. (noon) on the day of your study. It can affect your study. Caffeine exists in some soft drinks, chocolate, coffee and tea.
  • Do not nap on the day of your study. You should be prepared for a full night’s sleep.
  • Please call the center the day of your study to confirm your appointment if someone has not already reached you to do so. Unless our center hears from you, we will expect you at your scheduled appointment time.
  • A technologist is assigned to you and may need to contact another patient if you cannot keep your appointment. Please be sure to cancel a day in advance if you are unable to arrive for the procedure. •
  • You should shampoo and dry your hair the morning or evening of the study.
  • Do not apply hair spray, gel, conditioners, lotion or other products to scalp or body. Clean dry skin ensures sensors adhere to the scalp and skin properly.
  • It is important that you do not wear braids, weaves, or hairpieces for your test.

Please bring:

  • Your driver’s license (or other photo ID).
  • Insurance cards.
  • Any questionnaires or other forms that were provided by the sleep center.
  • Current medication list.
  • Medications that are usually taken during the hours you are here unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
  • Pajama tops and bottoms (as opposed to nightgowns or night shirts) should be worn during your study.
  • Optional: You may want to bring toiletries, reading material, and a change of clothes for the following day.

Sleep Study Instructions - Multiple Sleep Latency Test or Maintenance of Wakefulness Test

  • Please plan to be at the sleep center for the majority of the day.
  • Please do not consume caffeinated beverages or food on the day of your study. Caffeine exists in some soft drinks, chocolate, coffee and tea.
  • Please call the center the day before your study to confirm your appointment if someone has not already reached you to do so. Unless our center hears from you we will expect you at your scheduled appointment time.
  • A technologist is assigned to you and may need to contact another patient if you cannot keep your appointment. Please be sure to cancel a day in advance if you are unable to arrive for the procedure.
  • Your hair, scalp and skin should be clean and free of gels, conditioners, and lotions. This ensures sensors adhere properly.
  • It is important that you do not wear braids, weaves, or hairpieces for your test. Sensors will need to be adhered to your scalp. Tight braids or weaves may prevent proper access.

Please bring:

  • Your driver’s license (or other photo ID).
  • Insurance card.
  • Any questionnaires or other forms that were provided by the sleep center.
  • Current medication list.
  • Medications that are usually taken during the hours you are here unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
  • Pajama tops and bottoms (as opposed to nightgowns or night shirts) should be worn during your study.
  • Optional: You may want to bring toiletries, reading material and a change of clothes.

Free wireless Internet access is available at all three sleep center locations.

When appropriate, meals and snacks will be provided for you, but you are free to bring a snack if you like.

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St. Mary's Hospital
804-673-8160

Memorial Regional Medical Center
804-764-7491

Chesterfield/Midlothian
804-595-1430

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