If you think you have sleep apnea, you may be unsure of what to do next. We can help.
The first thing you should do is contact either your regular doctor or a sleep specialist at Comfort Sleep Solutions. Once you have made an appointment with your physician or set up a consultation with a sleep specialist they will direct you to the next course of action. Usually, a sleep study will be requested in order to identify what exactly is going on while you sleep. At your appointment, you can also expect to have a general physical, alongside questions about your family’s health history and your own.
Sleep studies can either be done in a lab or at home, depending on the severity of your symptoms and health concerns/history. Many insurances will cover at home testing, however these test are not always accurate; especially if the person only has a mild form of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Comfort Sleep Solutions recommends taking the time to have an in-lab sleep study taken in order to ensure the best results and treatment plans that actually work for you. The sleep study or Polysomnogram are best done overnight in our sleep center. The sleep study records important information such as, brainwaves, oxygen levels in your blood, sleeping positions, sleep stages, etc.
Additionally, another sleep study we provide is referred to a split-night study. This is where for the first half of the night the patient wears a C-PAP and then goes without for the second half of the night or vice versa. In this way, we are able to prevent the need for two different nights at our sleep study lab.
Contact Comfort Sleep Solutions to schedule an consultation today.
How To Prepare For A Sleep Study in Idaho Falls
Whether you are taking your sleep study at home or a sleep center, there are some general things that you will want to do in order to prepare yourself for your sleep study in Idaho Falls. Below we have listed steps that you can take to make the duration of your sleep study comfortable for you and to ensure accurate results. Since this is a general guide, be sure to consult with your sleep specialist to make sure that the following preparations are necessary for your study.
Preparing for Your Sleep Study: The Week Ahead
If you are taking a sleep study test, your Idaho Falls sleep specialist will most likely require you to keep a sleep diary before the testing occurs. Usually, a form will be mailed out to you or given directly to you at your first appointment one to two weeks ahead of your scheduled sleep test. The information that you record in your sleep diary is helpful for the sleep specialists to have, as it paints a broader picture of your current sleep habits.
In addition to keeping a sleep diary, you may be asked to stop taking them before your sleep study. Consult with your doctor before stopping any type of medication.
What To Do The Day Of Your Sleep Study
On the day of your sleep study test, there are certain things that you will want to avoid, such as caffeine, which can interfere with your sleep test results. Sleep Solutions recommends the following:
- Avoid caffeine after 2 PM. This includes coffee, soda with caffeine, energy drinks, and some teas.
- Don’t take a nap on the day of your testing.
- Avoid drinking alcohol or using marijuana at any point in the day.
- Do not use hair products such as hair gel or hair spray as these substances can interfere with the sensors applied to your scalp.
- Eat your regular meals at regular times. If you have additional dietary needs, discuss this with your Idaho Falls sleep technician.
What You Should Bring With You
Just like keeping with your regular meal times and routines, it’s critical that you bring items that will make it easy for you to fall asleep. Some things you may consider bringing include:
- Insurance and identification cards
- Any medications you are currently taking
- A comfortable set of pajamas or clothes to sleep in
- A robe
- A change of clothes for the next day
- Toiletries that you commonly use (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, face wash, deodorant, etc.)
- A book, crossword puzzle, magazine, or any other passive activities that will help you to wind down.
For more information about sleep studies or if you would like to schedule a sleep study with an Idaho Falls sleep specialist, contact Comfort Sleep Solutions today.