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Sleep Studies

Sleep studies are completely painless and are basically an observation period. Sensory wires and an oxygen-measuring device are carefully taped to your body, then hooked up to a computer. Once you fall asleep, our certified technicians monitor various indicators such as your breathing, brain waves, eye movements, heart rate and muscle activity.

After your study, your results are carefully reviewed by our sleep specialist and sent to your physician, who will then work with you to treat and resolve your sleep disorders.

Baton Rouge General’s Sleep Center features home-like, private bedrooms to make your overnight stay more comfortable. Our sleep experts use state-of-the-art cameras and technology to monitor your sleep patterns.

Is a sleep study right for me?

People suffering from sleep disorders are usually excessively tired during the day or have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep. Sleep disorders also occur in children, and studies have shown a link between sleep disorders and common health risks such as childhood obesity and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD).

Nearly everyone experiences occasional sleep problems due to stress or other factors. But if the problem persists, it could be a sign of a more serious sleep disorder or underlying medical condition. Chronic sleep disorders can cause fatigue, depression, loss in productivity, irritability, memory loss and frequent illness. If left untreated, sleep disorders can also raise your risk for diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, stroke and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Preparing for your sleep study

Arrive at the Sleep Center between 8 - 9 p.m.

Take the following steps the night before your study:

  • Do not take any naps.
  • Do not consume caffeine, food or drink after Noon.
  • Take a shower and arrive with clean, dry hair.
  • Do not use any hair products.
  • Do not wear hair extensions, weaves or wigs.
  • Do not use body lotion to ensure the adhesion of electrodes.
  • Please wait to take any sleeping medication upon arrival to the sleep center.
  • Eat dinner before you arrive.

Arrive for your sleep study with the following:

  • Medical Insurance Card and Photo ID
  • Loose, comfortable sleepwear (no satin or silk)
  • Personal items such as a toothbrush and hairbrush
  • A clean change of clothes for the following morning
  • Bring one personal pillow if needed
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