Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be life threatening; consequences may include high blood pressure and other cardiovascular complications.

Liberty Sleep Associates
Sleep Disorders Center
Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What should I expect during the study?

A. Once you arrive at the center, a sleep technologist will welcome you and have you fill out a few forms. You will be shown a “Welcome to the Sleep Center” video before you are introduced to your bedroom. This video will help you to better understand the testing procedure in more detail. Our technologists have been specially trained to monitor your sleep during the night and to make you feel as comfortable as possible. They will apply small foam sensors called electrodes to your head, chest area and legs. Elastic bands will be placed around your chest and abdomen. These monitors will be connected to wires that attach to our recording equipment. The electrodes and bands will monitor you brain wave activity, muscle tone, heart rhythm and eye movements. Each room has an open intercom that will enable you to communicate with our technologist at any time. The recording of the study also includes the intercom and video records, which are an integral portion of the study for the interpreting physician to reference, if necessary, to ensure accurate diagnosis. After the electrodes are applied, you may have some free time to read or watch TV. The testing will begin between 10pm and 11pm unless you request to go to bed earlier. Our technicians will request that each patient turn off the TV shortly after testing begins to ensure an optimal sleep study. This procedure is done on many patients and is a non-invasive, pain free procedure.

Q. What should I bring?

A. Pack as you would for an overnight stay at a friend's house. For the benefit of your privacy and comfort, please bring appropriate and comfortable nightclothes (such as T-shirts and sweat pants or pajama top and bottoms). Review the recommended checklist below to insure that you have everything you might need. Also please bring the directions and completed forms.

Q. Will I have a private bedroom?

A. Yes and a private bathroom. Fresh Towels and washcloths will be provided.

Q. What about medications?

A. Please take your medications as usual and bring them to the center if necessary. We also recommend that you discuss your medications with your physician. Our staff will not be able to dispense any medications to you.

Q. Should I have dinner?

A. Please eat dinner before arrival. You may bring a snack if you wish. Dinner will not be provided. Bottled water will be available in the evening and coffee in the morning.

Q. Should I take a shower before the study?

A. Yes, you may find that a shower before arriving at the sleep center will make you feel more relaxed. It is important that your skin and hair is clean and dry. Wash and dry your hair and do not apply any creams, lotions, sprays, oils, gels, or make-up. You may apply deodorant. Electrodes and paste will be placed on your scalp, so it will be necessary for your hairstyle to be accommodating for the study. Do not have your hair done the day of testing. Your hair will be messed up the next morning, but all the paste washes out easily.

Q: Can I have a nap?

A. It is important that you avoid napping on the day of the study.

Q. Can I have caffeine?

A. Avoid caffeine (coffee, colas, chocolates, etc.) after 12:00 noon on the day of the study.

Q. Can I smoke?

A. Our center is a non-smoking facility, and smoking in the building is prohibited at all times. If you want to smoke, you must do so outside of the building at least 30 minutes prior to testing. Smoking during the testing or in the middle of the night is not allowed.

Q. What if I am running late?

A. Please contact our sleep center directly and let us know of your approximate time of arrival.

Q. Can I wear nail polish?

A. If you wear nail polish please remove it from at least one finger to obtain a good signal from the oxygen sensor. The sensor has a particularly hard time reading through acrylic nails and dark colored nail polish.

Q. What if I have special needs?

A. Please call our office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the sleep study procedure. If you use a walker or wheelchair, we can accommodate you. Our facility is handicap accessible. If you need assistance with the restroom during the night or special care, please call our office to discuss arranging a family member or caregiver to stay with you for the night. We will arrange for your caregiver to sleep in a room close by or in your room in a recliner.

Q. How will the electrodes be applied?

A. We will use an electrode paste, which is water-soluble and can be easily removed in the morning after testing. Medi-pore tape may be used to help secure some electrodes. This tape is hypoallergenic, latex free and removes easily.

Q. Will I be able to sleep with the electrodes and wires?

A. You may find them a bit strange at first, but most people do not find them uncomfortable or an obstacle to falling asleep. We will make every effort to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. If a problem arises, our technologist will make adjustments. Every bedroom has an open intercom that will enable you to communicate with our technologist at any time. If you need to use the bathroom during the night, our technologists will assist and disconnect you temporarily. Throughout the night, try to sleep as normally as possible.

Q. When will l wake up?

A. If you are not already awake you will be awakened by approximately 5:00 to 5:30 am. If you need to have a ride come and pick you up, please make arrangements to be picked up by 6:30am. We are able to make exceptions if necessary.

Q. When can I leave the Sleep Center?

A. Once you wake up, you will need to schedule an additional 30 minutes to your usual morning preparation time to allow us to remove the electrodes. You may take a shower to wash your hair to remove the creams and paste we used to attach the electrodes. You will have your own bathroom facilities. Fresh towels and wash cloths will be provided. If you need to leave the center at a certain time, please let us know when you arrive in the center. We will need to have at least 6 hours of recording time to ensure an accurate study and meet the requirements of the insurance companies, but we will do our best to accommodate your requests.

Q. What happens after my sleep study?

A. A large amount of information is collected during your sleep study. A sleep specialist will interpret this information and a formal report with recommendations will be sent to your doctor. On the night of the study, our sleep technologists cannot provide you with any diagnosis information about your testing results. Educational information and sleep hygiene tips will be given to you upon leaving. The technicians will do their best to answer any of your questions.

Q. When will my doctor receive my results?

A. It usually takes 7-14 business days for your doctor to receive your formal report. Please schedule a follow-up visit with your physician after that time to discuss the findings and recommendations for treatment. You will receive an exit letter with your doctor’s name, phone #, and a reminder to make your follow-up appointment. The date of your testing and type of test performed will also be on this letter.

Disclaimer: The information in this web site was adapted from several sources including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the National Sleep Foundation. This information is provided as an educational tool and is not intended to provide any medical diagnosis nor intended for patient self diagnosis.