Are you waking up groggy and tired? Are you having problems staying awake? Do you often feel like you do not have enough energy during the day? Well, it may be due to lack of restful sleep. There are many different conditions such as narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and sleep apnea that could be preventing you from having a long restful sleep. These conditions often go undiagnosed for years and most of the time the only one a doctor can accurately diagnose your condition is through a sleep study. So, what happens during a sleep study and how can you prepare for it?
On the days leading up to a sleep study you want to limit the intake of alcohol and caffeine as these two substances can interfere with your condition and behavior. On the day before the sleep study it is best to not have any intake of caffeine or alcohol and limit the amount of sugar you are eating. It is best to limit the amount of naps on the days leading up to the sleep study and not nap at all the day before. Before going to the sleep study, wash your hair with shampoo only, as conditioners and oils may affect the sensors and negatively impact your results.
If you are taking any medications, it is important that your sleep technician is aware. These medications could include any over-the-counter medication and any prescription medication. Your sleep technician may advise you to gradually stop taking the medications on the days leading up to the sleep study if these medications could interfere with the results.
Sleeping in a strange room with wires attached may at first be a little unnerving, it is important to pack a bag full of essentials that will make you more comfortable. Sometimes having your favorite pillow or favorite night gown can make all the difference.
If you are preparing for a sleep study and have questions, or if you’d like to book a sleep study, please call Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at 8154777350 to speak to one of our sleep technicians!