6 Tips to Prepare for Your Overnight Sleep Study

So, your doctor wants us to have a sleepover in the form of an overnight sleep study. While this sleepover may not be filled with late-night TV and practical jokes, there are a few ways you can make your stay with us at either of our ApneCare Sleep Lab in Mesa, Arizona, and Bakersfield, California, as pleasant as possible.

We’ve pulled together 6 tips to ensure your comfort, while also getting the most out of your sleep study.

1. Aim for comfort

At ApneCare Sleep Lab aim for comfort, each of our private sleep study rooms are designed for your comfort. We supply comfortable beds with quality bedding, wifi in every room, and we even offer caretaker accommodations, if needed. But it’s still not home. We encourage you to bring along any special pillows or favorite blankets you might have, as well as your favorite pajamas and robe. The goal is for you to sleep, and anything that helps you do that goes a long way toward helping us gather the information we need.


2. Freshen up

Before you head over to ApneCare Sleep Lab for your 8:30-9:30 p.m. check-in, we ask that you shower at home. Not only does a shower help relax you, it also helps us do our job better.

For your sleep study, we’ll be attaching harmless electrodes to your body and hooking you up to specialized equipment so that we can monitor your brain’s activity, your movements, your heart rate, and your breathing. By providing us with a clean skin surface, we can ensure that the equipment functions properly.


3. Watch what you drink

Since our goal is to monitor your sleep, we want to make sure that nothing interferes with that. We ask that you steer clear of any caffeine after noon on the day of your sleep study. Caffeine is very effective at its job--keeping you awake--which is quite the opposite of what we’re trying to accomplish.

Conversely, if you feel that a cocktail before your arrival might help you sleep better, we ask that you refrain. In fact, we recommend that you avoid alcohol anytime after noon on the day you come in. Alcohol interferes with your body’s systems in many ways and potentially masks what’s at the heart of your sleep problem.


4. Come sleepy

While a midday nap may do wonders for your reset button, we ask that you don’t nap on the day of your study. We want you to arrive tired and ready for sleep.


5. Eating

When it comes to prepping for your overnight sleep study, We ask that you eat as you normally would and if you wish you may bring along your favorite bedtime snack. If you’re staying overnight at our Mesa, Arizona, facility, you’ll wake up to a free continental breakfast before you head back home.


6. Medications and sleep aids

If you’re on any medications, especially ones that affect how you sleep, please discuss with your doctor beforehand about whether you should continue to take them. You should also discuss with your doctor whether you’re allowed to take any over-the-counter sleep-aids.

If you want to learn more about ApneCare Sleep Lab, call us or schedule a tour using the online scheduling tool.

If you don’t, we’re looking forward to our “sleepover” and making you as comfortable as possible.

Cheryl Brown

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