Loud snoring, a pattern of snoring interrupted by pauses, then gasps, falling asleep at inappropriate times, trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, irritability, depression or loss of interest in sex, headaches and nausea upon awakening, and frequent nighttime urination or even bed wetting.
Many people expect the sleep center to be a cold, impersonal place with flashing lights, beeping alarms and stiff hospital mattresses. However, our bedrooms at the sleep center are quite homey and look more like a comfortable hotel rather than a hospital.
The monitoring equipment and technologists are in a separate room so you will enjoy a high degree of privacy. Your technologist will collect your sleep information into a specialized computer program. They will be able to tell when you fall asleep, but cannot read your thoughts or dreams.
Things to Bring with you
Before coming to the center, you should pack an overnight bag, just as if you were staying overnight at a friend’s house or hotel. Bring anything you need to feel at home. If you have special needs, the sleep center personnel should be able to accommodate you. Remember to avoid coffee and alcohol on the day/evening of your study.
Checklist of Items to Bring with You:
-Bed time clothing
-Change of clothing for the next day
-Your toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste)
-Contact lens supplies
-Medications ordered and prescribed by your doctor – The Sleep Center cannot provide you with your medications. If you have questions about your medication please consult your physician.
-A comfortable pillow – Of course we have plenty of extras but you may be more comfortable bringing one from home.
-Sleep Questionnaires and forms (DOWNLOAD)
-Your insurance information – Be sure to have your insurance card and co-payment if needed.