Preparing for a Sleep Study

What to Expect at your Sleep Study

Your physician has ordered a sleep study at the BSA Sleep Disorders Center. Sleep disorders can drastically affect your quality of life as well as cause health problems. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the most prevalent sleep disorder, can lead to or worsen high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, strokes, heart problems, depression, headaches, excessive daytime sleepiness and much more. It is our mission at the BSA Sleep Disorders Center to serve you with compassion, service and dignity. Our Sleep Center has been designed to be much like a nice hotel. Each room is equipped with amenities such as a queen size, air conditioning/heating, ceiling fans, comfortable linens, and comfortable mattresses in each room as well as a recliner and 42-inch television. Television and telephones are allowed prior to lights out.  Once you are ready to go to bed all electronics are turned off to ensure that you have the most conducive sleep environment possible. Restrooms and showers are also available.

Once arriving at the Sleep Center you will be shown to your room. The registered technician will explain the test in detail and ask you to make yourself comfortable for bed. Once you are comfortable the technician will apply a few leads. We monitor your heart rate, respirations, oxygen levels, limb movements, brain activity, and chest/abdomen effort while you sleep. There are over 80 sleep disorders. Monitoring these parameters allows the sleep physician to make the best possible diagnosis and treatment plan for you.

On the day of your study, please make sure to remember a few helpful tips:

  • If you prefer, shower or bathe prior to coming to the Sleep Center. 
  • Do not apply lotions, creams, perfumes, hair sprays, gels or oils so that the leads are easier to apply.
  • Bring comfortable sleeping attire.
  • Pillows, linens and blankets are provided.  However, if you prefer, you may bring your own pillows and blankets.
  • Do not take any naps on the day of the study.
  • Avoid caffeine after 2 p.m. on the day of the study and alcohol for 24 hours prior to the study. 
  • Take any medications as you typically would unless otherwise directed by your physician.
  • We DO NOT provide a sleep aide, however you are allowed to take one if you bring it with you unless otherwise directed by your physician. 
  • Televisions are provided in each room.  However you are more than welcome to bring a book, crocheting, etc. 
  • Scheduling is available seven days a week, excluding holidays.  We are happy to work around your schedule. 

Upon completion of your study a board-certified sleep specialist will review and interpret it. The sleep specialist will determine the appropriate treatment for your sleep problem.