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How to Prepare for a Sleep Study

Having a sleep study at Atlantic Sleep Centers at Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center and Hackettstown Medical Center requires some preparation on behalf of the patient.

Do:

  • Shampoo your hair and make sure it is free of hair spray or other styling products
  • Bring comfortable sleeping attire
  • Arrive on time for your appointment
  • Contact us at least 48 hours in advance if you need to cancel
  • Call ahead if you feel ill on the day of your test
  • Bring an up-to-date insurance card, personal identification and a list of your current medications.
  • Remind family and loved ones that they may not remain at our center with you overnight (patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)
  • Eat your regular evening meal before arriving
  • Bring the completed sleep questionnaire, which will be mailed to you in advance of your appointment

Don’t:

  • Consume alcohol, caffeine, sedatives or stimulants for 24 hours prior to your test, unless otherwise directed by a physician
  • Nap on the day of your test
  • Bring any valuables, such as jewelry
  • Smoke on our premises

Medications

We recommend that patients bring all of their current medications with them and plan to continue to take them as normal, unless a physician instructs otherwise. This includes over the counter medications, such as Tylenol, aspirin and ibuprofen.

Exceptions apply for patients who are scheduled for a multiple latency sleep test (MSLT). Those individuals may need to avoid stimulant medications for up to two weeks prior to the exam. Please check with your physician beforehand.