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Pap Nap Sleep Study at UPMC in Central Pa.

The pap-nap is a short, daytime sleep study used to acclimate patients with sleep-disordered breathing to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. CPAP therapy includes the use of a small machine that provides steady air pressure through a hose and mask to keep your airways open while you sleep.
This study can be beneficial if you have stopped using CPAP therapy or are not adjusting well to using CPAP.

What To Bring

  • Insurance cards
  • Referrals
  • Photo identification
  • A list of all medications you are taking

How To Prepare

The pap-nap takes two to four hours and usually begins around 1 p.m. You should dress in comfortable clothing.

What To Expect

  • When you arrive for your Pap-Nap study, you will be greeted by a polysomnography technician. He or she will show you to your room. Your technician will allow you to try a variety of CPAP masks to help you find a comfortable fit. He or she will also teach you how to maximize your comfort level while using CPAP.
  • After you are comfortable, your technician will use sticky tape to attach little 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.

If you require a new CPAP mask or any other new CPAP equipment, you will need to contact a medical equipment specialist.

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