Prepare for Your Sleep Study

We ask that you check in exactly at your appointment check-in time as there are preparatory procedures prior to starting the test. If, for any reason, you must cancel your appointment, please do so 24 hours before your scheduled appointment by calling 920-746-3570 or 920-746-3585.

The day of your sleep test, try to follow your normal routine as much as possible. Be sure to eat dinner before coming to your appointment. If you smoke, you will have to smoke before you enter the building. It is very important that you be nicotine-free for at least 2-3 hours before the start of your test.

What to expect:

Upon arrival at the facility, you will be greeted by staff who will request your insurance information. You will be asked to sign a consent form for the test. Your technologist will escort you to your room and help you with any questions or concerns. The procedure will be explained in detail.

Once you change into your sleep garment, the set up will begin. Electrodes will be placed on your scalp, forehead, near your eyes, on your chin, under the nose, on your legs, on your upper chest, around your chest and abdomen and on your finger. You should not experience any pain or discomfort during this process. This process will take up to one hour to complete.

What to bring:

  • Comfortable sleepwear (avoid silks). Ex.: two-piece pajama set or sweat pants or shorts and a t-shirt. Pants must be loose fitting and able to be pulled up to knee-level easily for the electrodes to be applied.
  • Any and all medications that you require during your stay. This includes medications such as Tylenol or Advil that may be needed in the event you develop a headache.
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb/brush, etc.)
  • Clothes to go home in.
  • Have your hair clean and dry prior to arrival, free of any hair products.
  • Sleep Study Preparation Form (PDF)

Optional items:

  • Favorite pillow/blanket
  • Reading material
  • Specialty dietary food or items (microwave and refrigerator are available). If you are diabetic please feel free to bring any diabetic food items you require.

What to avoid:

  • Naps during the day of test
  • Caffeine after noon
  • Alcoholic beverages during the day of test
  • Gels/sprays etc. in the hair
  • Nail polish or artificial nails

The next morning:

Your test will end upon your awakening. Your sleep study will be reviewed by a sleep specialist that morning. If there are no significant abnormalities on the overnight portion of the study, it may be necessary to perform a multiple nap test. Be prepared to stay a total of about 24 hours, as this will required in the event that your doctor orders a nap test. The purpose of this test is to quantify sleepiness and look for evidence of other sleep disorders. If it is determined you do not require a multiple nap test, your monitoring equipment will be removed. Special adhesive and cream are used for the test, and there may be residual paste on your hair and/or skin. A shower is available for use in your room.

Test results:

The results of your overnight study will be discussed with you by the sleep specialist that morning. If you stay for a multiple nap test, your results will be given to you when you return to the clinic for a follow-up visit. With certain disorders, such as Sleep Apnea, it may rarely be necessary to conduct a second test. The sleep specialist will have a final interpretation of the test results and findings, and recommendations will be discussed with you and also sent to your primary care physician.


Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, please call our office at the number listed below. You may also contact your physician and request a consultation for a sleep study to the Ministry Door County Medical Center Sleep Disorder Facility. Email requests are answered by the following business day.

Ministry Door County Medical Center
Sleep Disorder Facility
920-746-3585 or 920-746-3570

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