EEG

General Instruction for Electroencephalography and Sleep Deprivation:

Sleep Deprivation:
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.

Food/Drink Restrictions:
Do not consume any caffeine (coffee, tea, soda, or chocolate) after midnight.

Preparedness:
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 deductibles.
  • 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.

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