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All Night Sleep Study (ANS) at UPMC in Central Pa.

One of the most common types of sleep studies is an all-night sleep study (ANS). During your ANS, our sleep specialists will diagnose neurologic, movement and breathing disorders.
Typically, if you are scheduled for an ANS, you will be asked to report to the PinnacleHealth Sleep Center at 8:30 p.m. (Unless other accommodating arrangements have been made)

What to Bring

  • Insurance cards
  • Photo identification
  • A list of all medications you are taking (if you need a medication while in the center bring the medication in original prescription bottle for self-medication)
  • Clothing to sleep in, such as pajamas or a nightgown
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hairdryer, if needed
  • Any special pillow that you use
  • Reading materials, such as books or magazines

Preparing for Your Sleep Study

To ensure that your study is as accurate as possible, we ask that you wash and dry your hair thoroughly, refrain from using any hair products and remove fingernail polish before you arrive at the sleep center. Also, it is important that you do not nap on the day of your sleep study.

You may eat normally before your ANS, but do not consume any caffeine (such as soda, coffee or tea) after lunch. You may continue to take all medications normally unless you have been instructed otherwise.

What to Expect

  • When you arrive for your ANS, you will be greeted by a polysomnography technician. He or she will show you to your room, which will include a full-size bed, a TV with remote control, and a private bath and shower.
  • After you are comfortable, your technician will attach wires, called electrodes, to different parts of your body. The electrodes, which will be connected to a computer, will help your technician monitor different elements of your body's activity, including:
  • Heart rate
  • Nasal and oral airflow
  • Oxygen levels
  • Brainwave activity
  • Respirations
  • Snoring

Your technician will be in a separate area while you sleep and will be available if you need any assistance.

We will wake you at approximately 6 a.m. The information collected from your study will be sent to a Sleep Specialist for interpretation and recommendation. This report will be sent to your referring physician and may take Seven to 10 days. Follow up for results will take place between you and your referring physician.

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