General Instruction for Electroencephalography and Sleep
This test requires that the patient be sleep deprived, with no
more than 4 hours of sleep. The reason for sleep deprivation is
to help ensure natural sleep during the recording.
Do not consume any caffeine (coffee, tea, soda, or chocolate)
Hair should be washed on the morning of the test and left clean
and dry. Hair needs to be unbraided; and hair accessories are
only permitted prior to the actual start of the test.
DO NOT USE HAIR SPRAYS, OILS, SETTING GELS, OR CHEMICALS
ON YOUR HAIR THE DAY OF THE TEST.
Please listen/read carefully for the following directions:
- Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to appointment time to allow
for check- in.
- Please bring your insurance card and any co-payments or
- Take all medications as requested by your referring
physician. Please be aware that certain medications (such as
benzodiazepines, sedatives/tranquilizers, muscle relaxants,
sleeping aids, or medicines used to treat seizures) may affect
the test. However, you should not adjust your medications in any
way unless instructed to do so by your physician.
- There are several different types of EEG testing. Some
involve the patient sleeping and some do not. If you are unsure
of the specific type your physician has requested, please call
your doctor's office for verification, or you may contact our
laboratory at 615-222-4116 or 615-222-6278.
Discharge Instructions: There are no specific
discharge instructions for a Sleep Deprived EEG. You can resume
your normal activities. If you did go to bed later than normal
and/or got up earlier than normal, you may want to sleep before
continuing your routine. You will be able to wash your hair here
after the test or you can wait until you get home.