We make every effort to ensure your comfort during your stay with us. We will wake you around 5:30 AM. You will be free to go shortly thereafter. Continental breakfast is provided for our guests.

Before the Test

  • Take (or bring) your regular medications. If you sometimes use a sleep aid, bring it with you in case it is needed.
  • Eat normal meals, including dinner & try not to nap the day of the study.
  • Avoid caffeine after noon. Avoid alcohol and non-prescription drugs.
  • Please shower before you arrive and have clean dry hair, free of oils and other hair products. If you have a hair weave or tight braids, call to discuss.
  • Bring something comfortable to sleep in such as pajamas, or shorts and a t-shirt. Shirts must be worn. It’s best not to wear silky tops.
  • Refrain from using makeup, skin creams, or oils on your face and torso.
  • It is important to shave facial stubble. If you have a beard or mustache, there is no need to shave.
  • Feel free to bring a book or magazine.Cable TV is provided.
  • Please let us know ahead of time if you have any special needs, such as an adjustable bed, or someone staying with you for medical reasons, so we are prepared to ensure your comfort and safety.
  • Please bring your insurance card with you so we can make a copy.
  • This is a non-smoking campus. If you must smoke, do so before you arrive.
  • Upon arrival, pull up to the Volunteer Entrance. Security staff will greet you and park your car. If they are not present, pull forward, lock your car and come inside with your keys.
  • Follow signs to the Sleep Center. Security will come to get your keys, park your car and will bring it back for you before you leave in the morning.
  • Unfortunately, we CAN NOT allow outside pillows, blankets, etc.


What to Expect

When You Arrive

  • Private comfortable room with private bath.
  • A little paperwork & getting ready for bed.
  • Friendly sleep technologists who will answer your questions, attach the monitoring sensors, and explain the procedure.
  • Nothing will hurt or be invasive. Everything is attached gently to the outside of your body.
  • You will be monitored from another room so you will have privacy while you sleep.
  • If you need anything during the night or need to use the restroom, just talk out loud. Staff will be right in.

In the Morning

  • Monitoring sensors are removed & you are free to go home.
  • You are welcome to shower before you leave.
  • Complimentary continental breakfast will be offered in the privacy of your room.
  • Staff leaves at 7 AM. Please plan to be ready to leave by then.

Test Results

  • First the sleep lab staff reviews your study.
  • Next a sleep specialist physician interprets your study.
  • In 10-15 days you will receive a phone call to schedule your next appointment, either for a sleep study for treatment of your sleep disordered breathing or for a consultation. The doctor who referred you will be kept informed of your progress.
  • Consultation & follow-up care in Salisbury provided by TidalHealth Pulmonary, located in the same building as the sleep center, unless you or your doctor request otherwise.

Please call us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you! A room has been reserved just for you. Please notify us at least 48 hours in advance if you need to reschedule so someone can be scheduled in your place. 

Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

Did you know that almost 50% of people with diabetes also have sleep apnea? If you have diabetes you should speak with your physician about your sleep. Click here to read the article from the American Academy of Clnical Endocrinologists.


Sleep Apnea Risk

Obstructive (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. If you are overweight, have a large neck, and/or have high blood pressure, your risk of OSA increases further.

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