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Before my Study

Overnight Sleep Studies: Before my Study

Helpful Hints for the day of your study:

  • Try to maintain your regular routine in regard to sleep, diet, exercise, and medications. Go to bed at your usual time and get up in the morning at your usual time.
  • Continue your current medication schedule unless your physician tells you to make changes.
  • Do not take a nap.
  • Consume your evening meal before you arrive. Do not consume caffeine after 12 noon the day of your study.
  • Bathe on the day of your study. However, avoid using skin lotions, creams and hair gels/products.
  • Do not spend a lot of time fixing your hair the day of your study as you will have electrode monitors applied to your head and this may mess up some hair styles temporarily. Do not wear a hairpiece or wig to the lab.
  • Be prepared to remove any dentures or prosthetics that you may have. You may bring these items and wear them after the study. 

What to bring on the day of your study:

  • Your completed questionnaires. Your responses will help the physician diagnose any sleep problem you may have. Answer all of the questions.
  • Comfortable, loose fitting sleeping attire. Avoid nylon and other synthetic materials.  It is a good idea to bring socks with you as your feet may get cold during the night.
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • Favorite pillow and/or blanket, if this will help you be more comfortable.
  • All medications in the original containers with proper labeling. Take any medications that you require before you arrive.
  • Any desired food or snack items.
  • Any medical supplies or equipment that you need to use during your stay. If you currently use portable oxygen, bring your oxygen cylinder with you to the Sleep Disorders Center.
  • If you are have a 2nd night study to treat apnea, this is called a CPAP titration, you may want to bring a nasal decongestant if nasal congestion occurs during the course of the night.  We do not supply this at the sleep center.

Note that the Houston Methodist Hospital is a smoke free facility. You will not be able to leave the lab to smoke, as there are no smoking areas available either inside or outside of the hospital.

What time should I arrive?

  • Arrive at 8:00pm or your assigned arrival time if different from 8 PM on the day of your study.
  • Check in at the Front Desk Located in the Main Hospital Lobby.  This is just inside the entrance of the Valet Parking drop off point. 
  • After check in, you will be directed to use the Main Building elevators to the 9th floor. Please proceed to the sleep lab waiting area which is across from the Main elevators. The waiting area room number is M9-104.
  • Have a seat in the waiting area and you can use the courtesy phone which is located in the waiting area to notify the technologist that you have arrived by calling 1-3156. The sleep technologist will escort you to your room.   Here’s a map with more details.
  • If you become lost, just stop and ask any hospital employee for assistance. They will be happy to help you find your way.  You can also call the sleep lab for further directions at 713-441-7854.

Arrive at the Sleep Disorders Center at your scheduled appointment time.  If you are going to be late, please call the Sleep Disorders Center at 713-441-7854 to let them know your approximate arrival time.


Last Modified: September 4, 2008