Spending the night sleeping in a laboratory hooked up to sensors is not likely to be conducive to quality slumber, not to mention that there is a stranger monitoring your every brain wave and every breath you take. But it is important that you undergo this sleep test to find out if you have obstructive sleep apnea. Your ENT would not have you take the test if there was not reasonable cause to take it. Sleep may not come easy when you are thinking about the effects of sleep and subsequent oxygen deprivation and how it can harm your body. You may be a bundle of nerves, but there are ways to calm the jitters so you can rest easy through the night.
1. Know Your Sleep Lab Is A Safe Environment
You will have your own room and your own private facilities. This helps alleviate some anxiety about privacy as men and women often take the test during the same night. The hospital or private sleep lab purposely makes your room look like a relaxing hotel room, but it is far from a vacation. This is serious stuff. This jaunt into the night just may save your life. It is important for you to understand that although you will be hooked up heart and brain monitors, you can have a restful sleep.
2. Eat Light And Drink No Caffeine
Follow your procedure orders exactly. Eat light and avoid caffeine. Most instructions are to avoid caffeine after lunch. However, some sleep specialists may ask you to avoid it a full day ahead of your test. Too much food resting in your belly may also make for a sleepless night. You do not want to toss and turn any more than usual. Do not nap during the day. Bring your medications and take them as you normally would.
3. Bring Comfort Items
A favorite pair of pajamas, pillow, or blanket can help calm you by giving you some creature comforts of home. Keep relaxants such as essential oils at home. You might use lavender or a similar scent to help you sleep at home, but do not use them for your sleep test as they can interfere with sensors, especially on your chest and head.
4. Answers Give Peace of Mind
Perhaps the greatest way to calm you before your sleep test is remembering that you will get answers regarding your possible apnea. Once you are diagnosed, you will be informed if a sleep apnea procedure is necessary. Knowledge can bring peace of mind. So, be calm and try your best to get some good sleep.