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What to bring to your overnight stay

You will have time to change into nightclothes and get ready for bed, as you do at home. If you are male, you must wear running shorts, sweat pants or pajama bottoms. You may wear a shirt if you like, but it is not necessary. If you are a female, you may wear a night gown, a large shirt or pajamas. Please feel free to bring your favorite pillow from home, however electric blankets are not allowed. You may also want to bring an overnight bag as you would for a stay at a hotel.

What happens during the study

During preparation for sleep monitoring, various small sensors will be applied to the scalp, face, chest and legs. These monitoring devices are not painful and are designed to be as comfortable as possible while you sleep. The study will be recorded digitally for later review of abnormalities observed during the study. The technician will monitor your sleep throughout the night from a nearby room.

What happens following the study

You will be awakened at 6 a.m. The wires will be removed, which only takes a few minutes. After that, you will be free to leave. Each room has a shower you are welcome to use in the morning.

Please review the day of your study

  • DO NOT take naps during the day of your study.
  • DO NOT eat a large or spicy meal immediately before coming in for your study.
  • DO NOT eat or drink any food with caffeine such as coffee, tea, soda or chocolate after 1 p.m. before your study.
  • DO NOT drink alcoholic beverages on the same evening of the study.
  • BEFORE coming to the sleep center, wash and dry your hair. Do not apply hair sprays, oils or gels. Men, not having beards, please come clean-shaven. It is recommended you shower or take a bath prior to coming to the sleep center. Ladies, no finger nail polish, waves or extensions. Additionally, please do not use body lotions, powders or makeup prior to the test.
  • TAKE your medications as usual, or as your doctor has recommended.
  • Please bring comfortable sleep attire and toiletries.

If you have any questions related to sleep studies, or this information, please call the Sleep Medicine Clinic at 913-345-7486.

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