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What's A PAP NAP?

A PAP NAP study is done to help you get acclimated to PAP therapy and work out any current issues you are having adapting to it.

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When you arrive for your sleep study, a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist or Respiratory Therapist will be at the site to greet you and show you to your room. After you make yourself comfortable, your technologist will take a brief history, explain the study process, and answer any questions you may have.

What To Expect

Getting Ready

Next, you will be fitted with a snoring sensor, a pulse oximeter, an expandable chest belt to monitor your breathing, and ECG leads to your chest and abdomen. This process is completely painless and requires less time for setup and fewer sensors than an initial CPAP titration study.  Lastly, you will be fitted with a CPAP mask connected to a PAP machine. Once the pressure is at a tolerable level you'll try to take a nap in bed while getting used to the mask.


Your technologist will monitor your testing remotely throughout the study and will be available to answer questions and ensure you’re comfortable. 

All Done, Now What?

After the nap is complete, the technologist will remove the sensors and mask, and answer any questions you may have.  If you don’t have a follow up appointment with your sleep provider scheduled, you'll be asked to make one prior to leaving.

Preparing For Your Sleep Test

Sleep Insights offers a relaxing environment with private, hotel-like rooms and at certain locations, a shower may be available.

  • Set Time Aside

    Plan to be at our sleep center for approximately 2 hours.

  • No Napping Ahead of Time

    Do not nap prior to your scheduled test: come to Sleep Insights sleep-deprived from the previous night.

  • Arrange A Ride

    Arrange a ride to and from our sleep center to decrease the risk of driving while sleep-deprived.

  • Eat Ahead of Time

    Eat breakfast or lunch before your procedure to induce sleepiness.

  • No Caffeine

    Do not have caffeine the day of the procedure or the night before.

  • Acrylic or Applied Nails

    If you have acrylic nails or applied ("fake") nails an index fingernail needs to be removed for the oxygen reading. If you have gel nail polish, the polish from one of the index fingers will need to be removed. Regular nail polish is fine. The oximeter does not read through acrylic or applied nails, nor gel polish.

  • What Should I Wear?

    Wear comfortable, loose-fitting, two-piece clothing to relax and possibly sleep in.

  • Medications

    Bring – and take – all of your normally scheduled medications unless otherwise directed by your doctor or the staff at Sleep Insights.

  • Special Requirements and Guests

    Guests are not allowed to stay overnight with patients other than for specific medical reasons (e.g. parent with a child, caregiver for patient with special needs). Arrangements for caretakers must be made with advanced notice and with prior permission from their provider. Anyone accompanying a patient to their sleep test who isn’t an approved caretaker must remain in the waiting room.

  • Smoking

    Smoking, vaping and the use of alcohol are not permitted in the building or on the premises at any time.

  • No-Show

    Cancellations must be made by at least 12 noon the day before your study, or if your study is on a Saturday or Sunday, by noon on the Friday before. 

    Failure to show up for your scheduled procedure will result in a $100.00 no-show charge.