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A Guide to Your Sleep Study

Conducted by Certified American of Academy Sleep Medicine Specialists


What is a sleep study?

A sleep study is a non-invasive test that is conducted in a room which is set up as a bedroom. The patient will usually spend the night in the sleep center to be monitored while they are asleep. These test monitor brain waves, heart rate, breathing and body movements.

What disorders are tested for during a sleep study?

The sleep specialist will conduct the study based on the suspected disorder the patient is dealing with. Common disorders include:

  • Obstructive and central sleep apnea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Periodic limb movement disorder
  • Parasomnias


Preparing for the Study

What to Bring:

  • Pajamas and a change of clothes for the next day
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Change of clothes
  • Regular prescribed medications that are to be taken at night or the next morning
  • You may bring your own pillow


  • Follow your regular sleep schedule the night before the study.
  • Avoid taking naps throughout the day
  • Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages such as coffee, energy drinks, etc.
  • Do not wear any hair extensions or hair gel as this interferes with the equipment utilized during the study.


The Process

A specialist will apply a series a sensors to the head and skin. These sensors record brain waves and heart rates. Ones may be placed near the nose to record breathing. A video camera will record the entire sleep study.

After the Study

Once the study is over, a specialist will remove the sensors. Results will be received in a few days and your doctor will discuss several treatment options if a disorder is found.