Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to take the day off following my sleep study?
Usually you do not need to take the day off following your sleep study. You will be woken up by the technologist at 5:45 am and the electrodes will be removed. You will be ready to depart the lab by 6:30am.
Please note, you will want to ensure adequate time to return home to shower before starting your day as you will have some paste in your hair from where the electrodes where. This paste is washable with warm water and soap.
If require an earlier wake-up time, please let your technologist know and most of the time we can accommodate your request.
What do I bring to my sleep study?
When you schedule your sleep study you will be given an information package outlining what is required. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Here are items we require you to bring for your sleep study:
- Health Card
- Medication list
- Any medications that need to be taken prior to bed
- Sleeping attire
Here are items you may to bring to your sleep study:
- Any toiletries, slippers or pillows
- Reading material or other quiet activities that can help pass the time before bed
- If you are using a CPAP, please bring your mask and CPAP hose
Can I bring a family member to stay with me?
When you are scheduling your sleep study, you will speak with our staff and discuss whether we require a family member or support person to attend your sleep study. Typically, we require a parent or guardian to stay with any child under the age of 16. If a patient cannot care for themselves, we request that a family member or care giver stay. In these situations, a cot is available.
How do I prepare myself prior to my sleep study?
Before arriving for your sleep study, please ensure your hair and skin are clean, dry and free of any perfumes or moisturizers. This will allow the technologist to properly apply all the equipment.
We recommend that you go about your day as usual before coming in for your sleep study. This way, we can ensure we receive the best reading possible and most accurately assess what a typical night is like for you.
Should I take my normal medication prior to my sleep study?
In most situations, yes. Please contact your Family Physician or Sleep Medicine Specialist if you have any questions about what medication you should or should not take prior to your study. Please remember to bring any medications with you that you need to take before bedtime as well as a current list of medications and dosages.
Can I use the bathroom during the night?
Yes. A technologist assigned to your care is available for the duration of your sleep study. If you require any assistance or need to use the bathroom, the technologist will be available immediately. They will give you instructions when you arrive for your sleep study.
Do I have to sleep on my back?
The wires are long enough for you to move freely in bed throughout the night. The technologist may request that you attempt to sleep on your back for a period of time if requested by the Sleep Medicine Specialist. Some sleep disorders are worse for people while they are on their backs, so it may be an important part of your sleep study.
What if I can’t sleep?
Great effort is made to make the environment as comfortable and friendly as possible. The staff are trained to help make you feel comfortable and answer any questions that you have.
Most people are able to fall asleep without a problem and while we like to have a minimum of 6 hours of data, we will do our best to get a reading with the amount of time you are able to sleep. If you’re not able to sleep at all during the night, you and your sleep medicine specialist can discuss next steps together. Please note that our technicians are not able to give you medications to assist with sleep, unless previously prescribed by your physician or one of our sleep medicine specialists.
Will you know what I am dreaming?
No. While the monitors can show us when you are in the stage of sleep where dreaming occurs, we will not be able to tell what you are dreaming.