Preparing for your Test
Sleep Study Pre-Test Instructions:
DO NOT nap the day of the sleep study, if possible.
DO NOT consume alcohol or caffeine on the day of the sleep study.
DO NOT wear nail polish or acrylic nails to your study. All nail polish or acrylic
nails are to be removed. If you cannot remove them yourself the technician
may remove the nail polish and/or acrylic nail from one finger for accurate
oxygen saturation readings.
DO NOT use hair products on your hair the night before or the day of your sleep
study. For example, hair spray, hair gels, creams, oils, etc.
DO NOT wear makeup, creams, oils or lotion on your face or any part of your body
the night before or day of your study.
DO NOT bring nicotine products into the hospital. Nicotine use will not be permitted
before or during the sleep study.
Take all regular medications the day of the sleep study. Please bring all medications (including all
over-the-counter medicines and sleep aids) to the sleep study. We do not
have medication at the center, nor can we obtain them for you.
- Shower and shampoo your hair the day of your study. Also, please shave
facial stubble (if possible) before study.
- You may bring comfortable bed clothes including tops, bottoms, bathrobe,
slippers or socks, and a pillow if necessary. You may also bring any toiletries,
i.e., tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, shampoo, etc.
- You may bring a light snack or decaffeinated beverage with you.
- If you have in the past used a CPAP mask or are currently using a mask
at home you may bring the mask and headgear with you.
Please keep in mind:
- This is a medical procedure and we are an outpatient department.
- Both male and female technicians may monitor you.
- Patient rooms are assigned according to the type of study. A shared bathroom
with shower is located between rooms.
- Technicians are not allowed to give out any information about your test
results. Please ask your physician or a sleep center physician if you
have any questions about the results of your study.
- We will make every effort to make your stay with us comfortable. Please
feel free to call if you have any questions regarding your sleep study.
- Handicapped parking is available at the Outpatient Entrance.
Coming to the Sleep Disorders Diagnostic Center
Please report to Outpatient Registration, which is located on the first
floor of Atlantic General Hospital, near the rear of the main building.
After being registered, a call will be placed to the technician who will
meet and escort you to the sleep center on the second floor.
Plan to arrive on time for your appointment. If you feel you are going
to be late for any reason, please call 410-641-1100, ext. 5118. If you
need to cancel your appointment, please call us; we appreciate a minimum
of 24-48 hours notice.
The sleep study is a combination of several diagnostic tests all recorded
simultaneously during sleep. Brain wave activity (or EEG) will be recorded
by attaching electrodes with light adhesive to the scalp. Eye movement
and chin muscle tone will be monitored in this manner. Depending on your
physician's request, other monitoring devices may be appied to monitor
breathing, airflow and oxygen level. The equipment does not prevent sleep
or interfere with a meaningful night sleep study.
Once the study has started, you have the right to discontinue the test
for any reason; however, please be awre that a shorter test may not be
reliable or as useful for the interpreting physician. The full charge
for the study will be submitted for your payment.
Sleep center patients cannot stay in the center and sleep without being
properly monitored. Therefore, please make sure that you if decide to
discontinue your test at any time you have made proper arrangements for
getting home; you will not be allowed to drive if you are sleep deprived
or have taken sleep aids prior to the sleep study.
You will be sent a letter to follow up with your primary healthcare provider.
All results are confidential and will be shared only with you through
our pulmonary physicians. Results of your test will be sent to your primary
physician. If you have any questions, please call the Sleep Disorders
Diagnostic Center at 410-641-1100, ext. 5118.