✓ Nightwear. Pick your favourite pyjamas, or whatever clothing you feel most comfortable sleeping in. And don’t forget a change of clothes for the next day!
✓ Something to read. If a few chapters of a novel or flicking through a magazine helps you nod off, bring them along.
✓ Mobile phone. You can keep in touch with the outside world while you’re at the sleep clinic, and listen to soothing music or a podcast if you wish (there won’t be a TV in the room), but as the light from your screen can interfere with sleep, avoid looking at it in the hour before bed.
✓ Toiletries. You’ll be able to brush your teeth and get ready for bed in your usual way. However some hair products, creams or moisturisers can prevent the sensors from sticking to your skin, so you may have to give them a miss. You’ll also need to remove any nail polish or false nails in advance of the sleep test, as these can also interfere with readings.
✓ Something familiar. Bringing your own blanket, pillow, or anything else that makes you feel at home (within reason!) is a good idea.
✓ Bedtime snack. If your evening ritual usually includes a nibble of something sweet or savoury, before cleaning your teeth of course, pop it in your bag.
✓ Medication. If you’re on any medication let the sleep physiologist know; they can advise you whether it is OK to keep taking it or if it is safe to stop temporarily if necessary.