Tips for Preparing for a Sleep Study


If you’re having a hard time sleeping at night, then you might be suffering from a sleep disorder. Not only can sleep disorders make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, but they can affect your physical and mental health. However, in order to be properly diagnosed with a sleep disorder, you’ll need to undergo a sleep study.

What is a Sleep Study?

A sleep study is used by doctors to diagnose certain sleep disorders, such as sleep-related breathing disorders, sleep-related seizure disorders, PLMD (Periodic Limb Movement Disorder) or EDS (Excessive Daytime Sleepiness). During the sleep study, the patient’s brain activity, heart rate, eye movements, blood pressure, body movement and oxygen levels will be recorded.

At Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep, we offer patients two options for undergoing a sleep study — they can have the study done from the comfort and convenience of their own home or they can stay overnight at our Garden State Sleep Center. Our sleep center is a state-of-the-art facility that’s accredited by the AASM (American Academy of Sleep Medicine).

Preparing for a Sleep Study

The following tips will help you to prepare for your sleep study so that you can ensure a successful sleep disorder diagnosis:

  • Take any prescribed medications like you normally would.
  • If you’re checking into our sleep center, bring what you would normally wear to go to sleep. You can also bring a favorite pillow or blanket to ensure your comfort.
  • Bring toiletries and clothes with you so that you can prepare for bed like you normally would and so that you can leave for work directly from the sleep center if needed.
  • Avoid taking naps during the day ahead of your sleep study.
  • Wash and dry your hair before your sleep study. Avoid sprays, gels, oils or conditioners. These substances can make it difficult to attach electrodes used to record data while you sleep.
  • You’ll be wearing a pulse oximeter on your index finger, so remove any nail polish.
  • If you are checking into our sleep center, be sure to have dinner beforehand.
  • Avoid drinking caffeine in the afternoon or evening on the day of your sleep study.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol on the day of your sleep study.
  • Let us know of any special needs and we will accommodate you.
  • Have all of your paperwork filled out before the sleep study begins.

If you follow these tips to prepare for your sleep study, the chances for a successful diagnosis will be much greater. If you think that you might be suffering from a sleep disorder, contact us at Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep to schedule an appointment today.