Your Sleep Study
Thank you for choosing San Diego Sleep and Sinus Clinic for your sleep study!
The following information will try to answer all your questions and put your mind at ease by thoroughly explaining what can be expected during your sleep study.
It is our goal to make this as pleasant of an experience as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to assist you.
What is a Sleep Study?
A polysomnograph, or sleep study, is a method of testing that will allow observation of various bodily functions in relation to your sleep.
A technician will attach several electrodes or sensors to you before you go to bed. The electrodes are simply a few wires that attach with a little paste and/or tape. You are still able to move around freely in bed, as well as able to get up through the night if needed to use the restroom. These sensors are non-invasive and are placed on the scalp, face and jawline, shoulders and legs. These, and other sensors, are used to monitor your vital functions during sleep, including:
- Oxygen levels
- Leg movement
- Sleeping position
The recordings from these sensors are reviewed on a computer, compiled, and sent to our Board Certified Sleep Specialist, Dr. Richard Schumann, for interpretation. Your physician will receive a copy of that interpretation to review with you.
We will try our best to make you as comfortable as possible. However, please remember this is a medical test. Two to three patients are tested each night, each in their own room. We have televisions, with basic cable service and DVD players. You are welcome to bring short DVDs or reading material to your study. WiFi is available.
Our technicians will be available throughout the night to assist you if you call for them to use the restroom or for other needs.
Can I sleep with all these things on me?
Surprisingly, most people sleep very well. The body sensors are applied so that you can turn and move during your sleep. Generally, you will not be aware that you are wearing the devices after they have been on for a short time.
Will the sensor devices hurt?
No, but sometimes in rubbing the skin to apply the sensors there are mild temporary skin irritations. You may also feel the sensation of warmth where the oxygen-measuring device is in contact with your skin.
Will I be given a drug to help me sleep?
No. On rare occasions, your physician may authorize a sleeping pill the night of the test, but this would have to be arranged in advance as our technicians cannot administer medications. Please let us know in advance what medications you take since some, like pain pills, muscle relaxants and anti-anxiety medications, can interfere with your sleep test results. Please also let us know if you suffer from significant difficulty falling or staying asleep.
Why do I need a Sleep Study?
Sleep disorders are common, but frequently under diagnosed and can be life threatening if left untreated. They also can have a significant effect on your overall health, quality of life, and level of daily function.
Your physician has noted symptoms indicating the need for this study or may want to rule out the possibility of a sleep disorder affecting other medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.
Most importantly though, this sleep study is your first step towards a better night’s sleep and better health!
On the day of your sleep study:
- Do not drink any alcohol
- Do not drink any caffeinated beverages after 12 noon
- Do not take any naps
- Do not apply hair lotions, gel or mousse
- Do not apply any creams or lotions to your skin
- Bring comfortable two piece sleeping attire (T-shirt with gym shorts, two piece pajamas)
- Please bring any paperwork or insurance information requested
- For men prone to “five o’clock shadow”- please arrive clean shaven. If you have a beard or mustache, please bring a razor in the event a small area may need to be cleared around your facial hair for a small sensor to be applied
- If you already use CPAP, please bring your current mask and tubing to the study
- If you were prescribed a sleep aid, please bring it with you to the study but do not take it until the technician instructs you to do so