Preparing for Your Sleep Study
1. The sleep lab will provide forms to fill out before the sleep study, we ask that you fill them out and bring the forms with you to your sleep study. You may be asked to keep a sleep diary before your sleep study.
2. Do not drink or eat any foods with caffeine such as coffee, tea, pop, and chocolate within 10 hours of bedtime.
3. Do not take any naps the day of the sleep study.
4. Bring pajamas or some type of clothes to sleep in. Bed clothes are necessary (gym shorts and t-shirt, sweat pants and t-shirt, pajamas or nightgown). Pajamas and hospital gowns are not provided by the sleep center.
5. Bring any personal items that may need to be used such as a toothbrush, comb, pillow, book, soap, etc.
6. Bring your medications; medications will be taken as you normally do unless otherwise specified by the physician. This includes all over-the-counter and prescribed medications. The technicians are not able to give out any medications.
7. Bring a change of clothes for the morning.
8. Bring snacks and decaffeinated drinks, if you are diabetic please bring anything you will need with you.
9. Make sure your hair and skin is clean. Do not have any hair product or thick lotions on for the sleep study. Do not wear fingernail polish or fake nails.
10. Inform the technician if you want to shower in the morning following the sleep study. If you plan on showering remember to bring soap.
11. The sleep disorder center closes at 8am, patients relying on transportation need to make arrangements to be picked up no later than 8 am.
After the Sleep Study
1. After the sleep study is completed the patient will be able to leave. The patient will not receive the results of the sleep study immediately. The technologist will review the data collected and the results will be given to a board certified sleep specialist to review the study and make a diagnosis. The results usually take about 1-2 weeks.
2. The doctor who ordered the study will discuss the results with you. If your primary care doctor ordered it then the results are sent to the primary care doctor. If you met with the sleep center doctor then the Sioux Falls Sleep Center office will contact you with the results.
3. Dependent on the results of the sleep study, the patient may need some type of positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy (CPAP, BiPAP, AutoSV, Auto) if the patient agrees to have PAP treatment, a prescription will be faxed to the durable medical equipment (DME) company of their choice. The DME will obtain authorization from your insurance company to provide you with the equipment.
4. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled after the start of PAP treatment to determine effectiveness and to assist with any questions or