UF Health Sleep Center: Guide for Patients

Do I need to fast for this study?

No. We recommend you eat your regular meal prior to arriving. Don’t arrive hungry. However, avoid caffeine and alcohol on the day of the study.

Do I take my regular medication?

Yes. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, bring all your medication and medical equipment that you normally need during the night. Diabetics need to bring snacks or insulin if necessary. If your doctor prescribes a sleeping pill, bring it but do not take it until you are directed to do so by the sleep staff.

Are there special instructions for this study?

Yes. Please shampoo your hair and shower prior to arriving. In order to log a clear recording, hair and skin must be free of oils, gels, glue, hairsprays and hairpieces and dry. Removable wigs are acceptable. Don’t nap during the day of the study.

Will someone be watching me sleep?

Not directly. But a remote, visual recording of your sleep corresponding to the clinical data is essential for your safety, quality assurance and a complete diagnosis. All monitoring is private and protected.

Can I bring someone to stay with me?

Yes. You may bring one caretaker if you normally use one (i.e. a caregiver for a developmentally challenged adult), an adult guest or a spouse.

May I smoke?

No. Smoking is not allowed in the UF Health Sleep Center. You will not be able to interrupt the all-night sleep recording to smoke.

What do I need to bring with me?

Bring a list of your current medications, your own sleepwear, any special pillows you normally use, and personal hygiene products.

What happens if I need to get out of bed during the night?

A technologist will be there to assist you in getting out of bed or if you need anything throughout the night. Our sleep center is equipped with full bathrooms in each patient room.

When will I receive my results?

In most cases, results will be available to the ordering physician within two weeks of your polysomnography. For your protection, the sleep technologists are not allowed to disclose any information about the sleep study results to patients. The physician who ordered the study will be able to discuss the results with you.

Will my insurance cover the cost of the sleep study and treatment?

Most insurance plans cover the cost of the sleep study and treatment of sleep disorders. Check with your insurance provider for more details.

Can sleep disorders be diagnosed in one session?

In many cases, only one overnight recording is necessary to diagnose some sleep problems. An additional overnight stay may be required for complex problems.

I work evening/midnight/overnight shifts. Am I still eligible to participate in a sleep study?

Yes. Daytime sleep studies may be scheduled for shift-workers accustomed to working overnight and sleeping during the day.