How to Prepare for your Doctor’s Visit
A little preparation in advance can help you get the most from your visit with us. Record your sleep schedule and habits in a sleep diary over the course of two weeks. When is it difficult to sleep? How often do you have problems sleeping? Note sleepiness that you feel in the daytime and how it affects your ability to function.
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) offers an online questionnaire, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, to rate your level of daytime sleepiness. Also available on the site is an outline for a sleep diary. Visit the NSF web site, www.sleepfoundation.org
Be sure to bring the following to your appointment:
- Your sleep diary
- List of medications you are taking (including over-the-counter and natural therapies)
- A list of questions you have about your sleep
- Sleep assessment quiz
- Sleep study preparation instructions
You may also want to bring a family member who may have observed you experiencing sleep problems.
Education and Support
If you are diagnosed with a sleep disorder, it’s important for you to know that you are not alone. Sentara Martha Jefferson Sleep Medicine Center strongly believes in the importance of education, which is why we make sure our patients are informed about the implications of their conditions for your health and your life.
To provide support and education after a sleep apnea diagnosis, patients are invited to attend our "Pajama Party." This support group meets quarterly at the Sentara Martha Jefferson Outpatient Care Center and includes a presentation by a guest speaker as well as time for group discussion. Speakers in the past have included physicians, wellness instructors and CPAP manufacturers.
Registration is requested, but not required for this free support group. To learn more or to register, please call 434-654-7009 or toll-free 1-888-652-6663.
- American Sleep Association
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- American Sleep Apnea Association
- National Sleep Foundation
- Narcolepsy Network
- Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation
- General Sleep Info