WHAT IS A SLEEP DISORDER?
A sleep disorder is a disruptive pattern of sleep that prevents people from getting the restful, restorative sleep
they need to feel refreshed the next day. We evaluate the following conditions and symptoms:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Sleep apnea
- Unusual movement during sleep
- Night Terrors/Nightmares/Sleepwalking
HOW IS A SLEEP STUDY PERFORMED?
During sleep testing, your brain waves, muscle movements, eye movements, breathing and heart rate are monitored
by small metal discs called electrodes. These electrodes are applied to your head and skin with an adhesive. Flexible
elastic belts around your chest and abdomen measure your breathing while the level of oxygen in your blood is measured by a
pulse oximeter which is placed on your finger.
HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO SLEEP IN A STRANGE ENVIRONMENT WITH ALL THOSE WIRES ON ME?
None of these devices are painful and all are designed to be as comfortable as possible. The electrodes may feel strange on
your skin at first, but most people do not find them uncomfortable or an obstacle to falling asleep. The electrode wires will be
gathered behind your head so that you will be able to roll over and change positions while you sleep.
The surroundings at the Chattanooga Sleep Center are homey and comfortable. Each room is equipped with a full size bed,
flat screen television and private bath. The technical equipment and technicians will be in a separate room from your
sleeping room. The sleep specialist recognizes that your sleep in the center might not be exactly like your sleep at home. This
usually does not interfere with obtaining the necessary information from your study.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY SLEEP STUDY?
On the day of your sleep study, avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas, chocolate) after 2 pm and try not to nap. Before coming to
the sleep center, wash and dry your hair. Do not apply hair sprays, oils or gels to your hair or lotion or oil to your body. Pack an
overnight bag, as you would for an overnight stay at a hotel. If you have special needs, please advise the sleep center personnel so they
can accommodate you.
SHOULD I TAKE MEDICATIONS, AS USUAL?
Yes, take all medications as you normally would unless your physician tells you otherwise. Bring all your
medications with you to the Sleep Center. If you are diabetic, please pack and bring with you all your accucheck supplies
including test strips, syringes and insulin.
For more information on sleep disorders or sleep study testing process, call 423.693.2800.