When you are scheduled for a nocturnal polysomnogram, otherwise known as an attended sleep study, you may have lots of questions and concerns about this kind of test.
Keep in mind that the sleep medicine technologists at most sleep centers are prepared for all of these inquiries; they are also trained to provide you with a safe, relaxing, and comfortable experience that's based on your specific healthcare needs.
They understand that you will arrive anxious (most patients do) and that a night away from the comfort of one's own bed may yield slightly different results.
However, these tests are conducted in a way that still allows for a full range of data collection for your sleep physician to interpret, and even if you don't sleep as soundly as you would at home, you will still get enough sleep to provide adequate information for the doctor to review.
Most patients who come in thinking they will never fall asleep invariably do, with or without the help of a sleep aid. First night effect is real, but it shouldn't intrude upon your testing outcomes. You will spend quite a bit of time, one on one, with your sleep technologist, and they can answer many, if not most, of the questions or concerns you have about your test.
Most sleep centers offer well-appointed sleep suites that include a bathroom, a large bed, multiple pillows and blankets, fans, noise machines, and television.
You may spend the entirety of your stay inside your suite, or you may be allowed to move around the facility (even while "hooked up"), depending upon the way the sleep center is arranged and whether it's part of a hospital campus.