Questions About the In-lab Sleep Study

Can I get shocked from the wires and sensors?

No. The electrodes and sensors detect the electrical and physical signals that you produce. There is no electricity being sent through the wires to the sensors on your body.

What if I need to go to the restroom during my sleep study?

Don’t worry! Disconnecting the wires to the nearby unit is a fairly quick process and a technologist is always available to you. However, it is a good idea to avoid drinking a lot of fluid after 6:00 p.m. the evening of your test.

How will I be able to sleep with all those wires on?

Most people doubt their ability to sleep at the Center, especially if they are unable to sleep at home. The fact is, some people feel more secure or less distracted in the lab than at home. But, if you do not sleep well in the lab, polysomnographic testing will still be able to determine a great deal of information.

What if my symptoms do not appear during the test?

Symptoms of sleep apnea, RLS and PLMD are always present in your sleep. There is no pressure to “perform” simply because if your condition is severe enough for treatment, signs and symptoms of your disorder will be present.

Will I be able to take my normal medications ordered by my doctor?

You may take your medications as ordered by your doctor for home use if your physician has given permission for you to do so. There are certain medications that your doctor may not want you to take during the study. If you have questions on whether your doctor has given us that permission, please call the Sleep Disorders Center prior to leaving for your test.

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