Your Sleep Study

What You Need to Know About Your Sleep Study

You have been referred to the Emory Sleep Center because your physician suspects you may have a sleep disorder.  It is estimated that 50 – 70 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder that may adversely affect not only their quality of life but also their health and even longevity.  If left untreated, sleep disorders can place individuals at greater risk for certain potentially life-threatening disorders such as heart disease, stroke and hypertension.

Our sleep center offers a full range of diagnostic testing for a variety of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome and sleepwalking.

Preparing for Your Sleep Study

Before the day of the test:

• Be sure to let us know of all medications and dosages - remember to check the spellings.
• Because insurance coverage may vary, you  should check directly with your insurance company regarding your specific plan  coverage and any  out of pocket expenses that may be related to the test. Affordable payment plans may be established if necessary.

On the day of the test do:

• Take all of your regular medications unless otherwise directed by your doctor. If you have any questions about this, please contact your doctor to advise you
• Don't forget to bring  any medications with you that you will need  to take or that you may need, such as inhalers or epi-pens.
• Leave your valuables at home. The Sleep Center staff is not responsible for any lost items
• Bring comfortable (non-silky) pajamas, preferably 2-pieces
• Watch TV or bring reading materials to relax you before sleeping
• Bring your own toiletry items with you. Shampoo, body wash and towels are provided. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom and shower.

On the day of the test:

• Do not hesitate to call our office with any questions or concerns you may have about the test. It is longer than your average doctor's visit, but most patients find the experience very relaxing.
• Do not nap, consume alcohol or excessive amounts of caffeine, or use cream or oil products on your hair or skin on the day of the test.

Special Needs

It is very important that we are aware of any special needs before your sleep study in order to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Please call us at 404-712-7533 if any of the following considerations apply to you, or if you have any other concerns:

• Walker, wheelchair, or cane
• Assistance walking or using the bathroom
• Incontinence problems
• Unable to sleep in a bed (i.e. Will you need an adjustable bed?)
• Supplemental oxygen
• Cardiac problems
• Tape, latex, or talc allergies
• Injectable medications*
• Respiratory disorder
• Depression or anxiety
• Translator
• Need for caregiver to stay with you during the study
• Handicapped bathroom required

Thank you for bringing these needs to our attention ahead of time!

If you are excessively sleepy, have a relative or friend drive you to and from the Emory Sleep Center, or use a taxi or MARTA bus transportation.

*Medications may not be administered by Emory Sleep Center Technologists.

Additional Questions About Your Sleep Study

How is sleep testing performed?
Sensors are applied to the surfaces of the head, face, chest and legs. Oxygen level is monitored using a small clip worn on the index finger throughout the night. Respiration and breathing effort are also monitored.

Will the test be painful?
No. Sleep studies are not painful. Patients with sensitive skin may notice mild skin irritation from sensor adhesives. If you are allergic to adhesive, please let the client services coordinator know in advance of your test.

Who will be present in the laboratory while I am sleeping?
You will have a private room and will be monitored from an adjacent control room by a trained sleep technologist. The technologist is responsible for making your stay comfortable and safe while obtaining a high quality sleep recording. Please let them know if they can do anything to make you more comfortable.

Will a friend or loved one be able to stay with me?
If you need special assistance, accommodations will be made for a friend or loved one to stay with you.

What time will I be able to leave in the morning?
You will be able to leave between 6 and 7a.m.