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How to Prepare for a Sleep Study

You and your doctor may decide a sleep study is the best way to diagnose your condition. The following tips will help you prepare for your sleep study so it goes as smoothly as possible.

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Things to Do—and Not Do—Before Your Sleep Study

You can help ensure the success of your appointment by completing the following tasks before your sleep study:

  • Check with your insurance company to ensure prior authorization of your sleep study.
  • Continue to take all prescribed medications unless your doctor instructs you to do otherwise. Make sure to tell your doctor if you currently take sleep aids, as you may need to stop using them up to a week before your sleep study.
  • Do not take a nap the day of your sleep study.
  • Do not drink any caffeine or alcohol after dinner the night of your study, as they may interfere with your sleep.
  • Bathe on the day of your appointment, but refrain from using creams, oils or sprays on your body or hair that day.
  • Remove nail polish on your index finger, if necessary.
  • If you are a man, shave before coming in for your sleep study. If you have a beard, however, you do not need to shave it off.

What to Bring to Your Sleep Study

To make your sleep study as comfortable as possible, you might like to bring some of the following items with you:

  • Comfortable sleepwear
  • Personal toiletries, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Medications you may need during your stay
  • Your own pillow, if it will help you sleep more comfortably
  • Snacks to keep your blood sugar in check and your medications, if you’re diabetic
  • Reading materials or DVDs
  • Your completed Sleep Behavior Questionnaire, if you have not already submitted it

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