Whether you suspect you may have sleep apnea and are just beginning to do your research, or you are already scheduled for a sleep study but don’t know what to expect, there are things you can do to make your sleep study go easier and be more accurate. Here is a list of just a few tips and suggestions you can try to get the most of your upcoming sleep study.
Consuming alcoholic beverages prior to your sleep study can skew your sleep study results by making it harder for you to sleep. If possible, avoid drinking alcohol for as long as possible prior to your study, but especially on the day of your study.
Don’t Take a Nap
We know you may be tired, especially if you do have sleep apnea, but it’s important that you do not nap on the day of your study, as this can alter your sleep at night and affect the results of your study.
Don’t Consume Excess Caffeine
While some caffeine in the morning is generally safe, consuming caffeine later in the day or evening can keep you up at night, altering your results. Your doctor wants you to be extremely tired on the night of your study, so remember to avoid consuming foods that will keep you awake, including coffee, caffeinated soda, chocolate, and even spicy foods which could cause reflux or heartburn and disrupt your sleep.
Be Mindful of Others Schedules
Another pro tip for those conducting an in-home sleep study is to know the schedules of those in your household so you aren’t awake waiting for someone to come home or disrupted by noise when they do. If you are responsible for the care of a baby or young child, make sure someone else can take care of that child in your place during your sleep study, too.
If You Are Going to a Sleep Clinic
While home studies are becoming more and more common, your doctor may prescribe a study at a sleep clinic. If this is the case, be sure to follow all the above tips and pack everything you’ll need for a good night’s sleep, including pajamas, your pillow, nighttime medications, and a change of clothing and personal care items for the morning – and don’t forget your toothbrush!
Remember, a sleep study is a safe and effective way to diagnose sleep apnea and can be vital in helping to improve your quality of life. If you believe you could have sleep apnea, speak to Dr. Mingus or your physician about scheduling a sleep study.