Sleep study instructions

Appointment cancellations

If you must cancel your appointment, please call at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled time. If you cannot keep your appointment time, please call us to reschedule. We require a 24 hour notice for all cancellations. 503-561-5170

Eat dinner prior to coming for your sleep study

If you are currently taking prescription medications, remember to bring them with you to your study and take as directed. We are not able to dispense medications during your visit.

Shower and wash your hair the prior to your sleep study

Use only a small amount of hair conditioner, gels, body lotions and powders. This will make it much easier for us to attach our equipment and to ensure the highest possible quality results.

If you sleep better with your own pillow, bring it!

You may bring books and/or magazines to help pass the time until you are ready for bed. In order to encourage the natural onset of sleep we do not allow reading or watching TV in bed, but we have comfortable chairs you may use while enjoying these activities.

Bring clothes to sleep in

Two piece pajamas are preferred but shorts and a T-shirt are acceptable. Please bring your own toiletries (toothbrush, tooth paste, comb, brush, make-up etc.), shampoo and towels are provided should you decide to take a shower after the study.

Arrival time

You are scheduled to arrive at 7:30 p.m. Please park in the Building C basement and place your parking pass on the dashboard. The front door and basement have a labeled intercom.

Press the button labeled Sleep Center and a technologist will let you in the building. Take the elevators to the 3rd floor, turn left and follow the signs to the Sleep Center Clinic waiting room. You sleep technologist will greet you there.

Sleeping room

After arriving, the technologist will greet you and escort you to your private sleep room. You will be asked to change into your sleeping attire after which you will be escorted to the set-up room.

Electrodes and other sensors will be placed on your head, chest, abdomen, arms and legs. These wires will not shock you. They are used to pick-up electrical readings from your breathing, heart, brain, skin and muscles.

Set-up should take an hour or less. You may be asked to wait while other patients are being prepared for their sleep study.

Lights out

Lights out is about 10 p.m., when it is time to begin the study, the technologist will apply a few more sensors, help you get comfortable in bed and perform a very brief calibration.

You will be asked to move various parts of your body and the tech will make sure everything is working. Occasionally, we find a wire that must replaced before testing can begin.

Sleeping medication

If you take sleeping medication during your study you shouldn’t drive for eight hours after taking the medication. If you need to leave before 7 am, please make arrangements for someone to drive you, these medications can affect your ability to drive safely.

Your comfort is important to us, if you have any questions or concerns during your sleep study please ask your sleep technologist, we are here to help you.

We have showers, shampoo and a hair dryer available for your personal use in the morning after your test is complete.

If your doctor has ordered a day time sleepiness test, be prepared to stay until approximately 6pm the next day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for you.

Seven to ten days following your sleep study you will be notified by phone or mail regarding the results of your study and your sleep physicians’ recommendations.

We appreciate your feedback on any surveys that you may receive in the mail after your study.

If you have any questions regarding your sleep study please call 503-561-5170.

We appreciate you choosing Salem Health Sleep Center and would like to make your experience exceptional.

Sleep Center