Your Upcoming Sleep Study

Here’s what you need to know

What is a Sleep Study?

Getting a sleep study is an important diagnostic step if you believe you may have a sleep disorder. Through proper diagnosis, you can begin treatment and start taking important steps to improve your sleep and the quality of your life.

We administer several types of sleep studies. The polysomnogram is one of those diagnostic tools. We conduct the test overnight at our sleep center where we’ll monitor your sleep cycles and stages to identify any issues. We monitor your breathing, brain and muscle activity during this study.

Why Do I Need a Sleep Study?

There are many reasons why someone may need to undergo a sleep study, and if you feel you’re not getting sleep and it’s effecting your health and quality of life you should reach out for an evaluation.  An evaluation with a sleep specialist can help you determine if a sleep study is a right option for you.  

Some of the common reasons why patients undergo sleep studies are as follows:

  • Snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Diagnosed hypertension and heart disease
  • Suspected sleep apnea 
  • Narcolepsy
  • Insomnia (if suspected to have sleep apnea)
  • Fibromyalgia (if suspected to have sleep apnea)

Other less common reasons patients undergo sleep studies to diagnose sleep disorders are:

  • Parasomnia (RBD)
  • Sleep-related movement disorders

If you’re struggling with any number of possible sleep issues and are seeking answers and help, we’re a group of fully accredited sleep centers with a team of highly specialized experts in sleep medicine.  Our board certified techs are great at what they do. They’ve had a lot of practice honing their skills over the years.  They’ve performed over 40,000 sleep studies in the past 25 years of practicing sleep medicine in Tennessee, and are currently performing 5000 sleep studies a year. 

How a Sleep Study Helps You Improve Your Health and Quality of Life

Getting good sleep is critical to your health.  Undergoing a sleep study to help you find a solution for your restless or sleepless nights is the first step to improving the quality of your life.  Sleep affects every aspect of your health. It might not seem like a huge health risk to get little or poor sleep at night, but if you let it continue, there are documented diseases and health risks associated:

  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Fatigue
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Morning headaches
  • Acid Reflux

Poor sleep or a lack of sleep doesn’t just adversely affect your physical health, it also affects your mental health. Without having a sleep study done, you are also putting yourself at risk for the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Poor work performance
  • Decreased sex drive

If you undergo a sleep study, your possible sleeping disorder can be diagnosed and these risks can be reduced. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms and risks listed above and struggle with sleep, it’s a good sign you could benefit from a sleep study.  A comprehensive new patient consultation will help you decide what next steps are right for you.

Why Trust Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee with Your Sleep Study?

For 25 years we’ve been diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in Middle Tennessee.  Helping you get good sleep to improve your overall health is our only focus, and we’re really good at it. I guess you could say, practice makes perfect. We’ve provided more than 40,000 sleep studies over the past 25 years and currently perform over 5,000 a year in our in-clinic lab facilities. Our board certified techs have been performing and reading in-lab tests together for 20 years. They’re great at what they do.

When you choose Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee to treat your sleep disorder, you’re also saving thousands of dollars out of pocket when you get your evaluation and sleep study with us when compared to hospital-owned testing facilities.

What you need to know before your sleep study

Please Note: If you can’t make it to your study please call our office as soon as possible to notify us or reschedule.  Even if it’s a last minute cancelation. Your cooperation is appreciated.

If you’re scheduled for an overnight sleep study, the information below will help improve your comfort and ensure high quality sleep study performance.

Before you arrive

  • SHOWER, WASH YOUR HAIR, AND PLEASE BE CLEAN SHAVEN (unless you have a beard or mustache). Don’t use lotions, oils, sprays, or hair care products.
  • EAT  YOUR REGULAR MEALS Avoid caffeine for 3 hours prior to your sleep study. Drink your usual amount of alcohol (if any) at the same time you normally drink it. If you consume alcohol prior to your study, please make arrangements for someone else to drive you to the Sleep Center.

Avoid these common sleep study mistakes

  • DON’T WEAR TOUPEES, WIGS OR HAIR WEAVES Some of the electrodes attached during your sleep study will be attached directly to your scalp. Talk to us ahead of time if you have concerns.
  • DON’T WEAR NAIL POLISH, USE LOTIONS, OILS, SPRAYS, OR HAIR CARE PRODUCTS
  • DON’T NAP THE DAY OF THE STUDY
  • DON’T CONSUME CAFFEINE 3 HOURS BEFORE YOUR SLEEP STUDY
  • DON’T BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING No outside blankets or pillows are allowed.
  • DON’T WEAR A NIGHTGOWN OR SLIPPERY MATERIAL SLEEPING ATTIRE See “What to Wear” section below.
  • DON’T KEEP YOUR CELL PHONE ON ALL NIGHT Electronic devices must be turned off when your sleep study begins.

MEN: Please bring a pair of gym shorts or pajamas.

WOMEN: Please wear two-piece, loose-fitting sleepwear, lounge shorts, or pajamas that button or zip on the front. Nylon or “slippery” material sleeping attire is not recommended.

What to Bring

  • A GOVERNMENT-ISSUED PHOTO ID
  • PRESCRIPTIONS & YOUR USUAL OVER-THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS Please remember prescriptions taken in the morning or before bed, and bring any non-prescription medications you may need (like Tums or Asprin). We are not permitted to dispense any of these medications to you.
  • TOILETRIES Toothpaste and toothbrush, hair brush, or anything else you may need before bed or when you wake up. Your room has a private bathroom with a shower.
  • SNACKS If you need a snack or drink before going to sleep, please bring it along.

What to wear

  • WEAR SOMETHING COMFORTABLE Loose-fitting two-piece sleepwear is required. Lounge shorts or pants, pj’s sets, and t-shirts are all acceptable. Do not wear nylon or slippery material sleeping attire or a gown.

Info for Murfreesboro Sleep Center Location Only:

Please use the entrance located at the covered drop-off after you have parked. This is the first building entrance you see when you enter the parking lot. To the right of the doors is an intercom box.

  1. Press the button on the call box to call the Sleep Center.
  2. Someone will answer your call and release the doors for your entry.
  3. Take the elevator to the second floor and enter Suite 200