Start to finish of a sleep study
Starting the sleep study…
When your bedtime arrives, the technician will ask you to lie down in bed, and your recording devices will be connected to a specialized recording box which is in turn attached to a cable going into the recording equipment in the monitoring room. To start the sleep study the technician will talk to you over the two-way intercom system. You will be asked to perform a series of maneuvers in order to test the electrodes. For instance, some of these instructions typically include opening and closing your eyes, moving your eyes, sticking out your tongue, flexing your legs, and holding your breath. By following the instructions, the technician can make adjustments to the recording and to be sure that all of the sensors are operating correctly. You will then be asked to try and fall asleep. At this point the study has begun.
Getting up during the night. If you need anything during the night, you can speak and the technician will hear you in the monitoring room. Many persons get up during the night to use the restroom. It is a simple procedure for the technician to get you up, and the electrodes are not removed when this occurs. If you need to use the restroom or need anything else, call the technician and your electrodes will be “unplugged” from the recording cable. You should not try to detach yourself and get up without notifying the technician.
After your study…
Before your study begins, the technician will ask you at what time you want to get up in the morning. You will usually be scheduled to spend at least six hours in bed during the sleep test. After you are woken up and out of bed, the technician will remove the recording sensors, and you will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire about how you slept during the study. You will then be free to leave the Center.
The recordings of your sleep will be scored for sleep stages as well as for any breathing abnormalities or movement events. Standardized rules published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine are used for scoring sleep studies. After scoring, the records, along with your sleep and medical histories, will be reviewed by a board certified sleep specialist, and a report which contains the results and treatment recommendations will be generated. The report will be sent to your referring doctor who may give you these results or you may be scheduled to return to the Sleep Center for discussion with the sleep specialist.