5 key tips for a successful sleep study

January 5, 2024

A good night’s sleep is essential for overall health and quality of life. If you are struggling with sleep, you may be referred to complete a sleep study (or sleep test) to diagnose and treat any underlying sleep disorders. Whether you’re undergoing a sleep study at a sleep lab or using a home sleep monitoring device, there are some precautions and considerations to keep in mind that can significantly impact the accuracy and effectiveness of your study. Here are five key tips to ensure your sleep study is a successful one.

Skip the skincare routine

One often overlooked factor in a sleep study is the use of creams, lotions, or gels on the hands and face. These substances can interfere with the adhesive properties of the tape used to secure monitoring devices. To ensure proper adhesion, avoid using any skincare products containing these substances before bedtime. Instead, opt for a mild soap and water to cleanse your face and hands. This ensures a clean surface for the tape to stick, allowing the monitoring devices to function optimally throughout the night.

Nail care matters

Believe it or not, the condition of your nails can impact the quality of readings from monitoring devices like an oximeter. Dark nail polish or gel/acrylic nails may affect the oximeter’s ability to accurately measure oxygen levels. Whenever possible, wear your monitors on natural nails during a sleep study. This small adjustment can contribute to more accurate and reliable results, providing healthcare professionals with the information they need for an accurate diagnosis.

Bathroom trips are fine!

It’s not uncommon to need a bathroom break in the middle of the night, even during a sleep study. If you find yourself having to get up, don’t worry. Most oximeters are designed to be easily removable and typically, you can leave the rest of your sleep study equipment on. If you’re using an oximeter, carefully remove it from your finger before heading to the bathroom. Practice regular hand hygiene by washing and drying your hands thoroughly before putting the oximeter back on and retaping it. This ensures the device stays securely in place and continues to provide accurate data when you return to bed.

Get cozy and comfortable

When undergoing a sleep study, it’s crucial to maximize your comfort to encourage natural sleep patterns. If your sleep study is at a lab instead of at home, bring your own comfortable sleepwear, pillows, and any other items that contribute to a good night’s sleep. Familiarity and comfort can help you relax and achieve a more typical sleep experience, leading to more accurate results.

Follow instructions carefully

Whether you’re using a home sleep monitoring device or undergoing a sleep study at a center, it’s essential to carefully follow all provided instructions. This includes any pre-study preparations and post-study procedures. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask your healthcare provider or the staff overseeing the sleep study. We here at Careica Health are happy to answer any questions and to help ensure your sleep test is as easy, comfortable, and successful as possible!

Goodnight! Have a great sleep study

By paying attention to these key tips, you can contribute to the success of your sleep study and help healthcare professionals gather the information they need to diagnose and address any sleep-related concerns. A successful sleep study is the first  step toward improving your overall sleep quality and, consequently, your overall health and well-being.

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