There are several ways to sleep with an ambulatory EEG, but one of the most common is to use a bandana or scarf that you can wrap around your head. This will help keep the wires in place and prevent them from falling off.
You can also use a protective cap to cover your head while sleeping, but this will not be very comfortable as it will cause you to feel claustrophobic.
If you don’t want to wear anything on your head or feel claustrophobic, you can put a pillowcase over your head instead. The pillowcase needs to be large enough to cover most of your face and not obstruct your vision or breathing.
You should also ensure that there are no holes in the fabric so that the wires don’t come out or fall out at night when you’re asleep.
What is an Ambulatory EEG?
An ambulatory electroencephalogram (EEG) is an outpatient procedure that measures a person’s brain waves. At the same time, they are awake and walking around in the real world.
The EEG measures electrical activity from your cortex, which is the outer layer of your brain. Your cortex is responsible for all of your cognitive functions, including memory, speech, and language, thinking and problem-solving, perception of time and space, attention, consciousness (awareness), emotion regulation (e.g., stress reduction), and motor control (e.g., balance).
The EEG records this electrical activity using electrodes placed on your scalp to measure the brain’s electrical rhythms through changes in voltage over time. This information can be used to determine if there are any abnormalities in your brain’s electrical activity that could indicate a neurodegenerative disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.
Why Do We Need An Ambulatory EEG?
When you have a medical emergency, you have to think quickly. You have to be able to make snap decisions about what’s happening to you and what you should do next. Sometimes, though, that can be hard to do—especially when it comes to your brain. You might not know if you’ve had a stroke or seizure or if your symptoms are related to something more serious like epilepsy.
That’s where ambulatory electroencephalography (or “ambulatory EEG”) comes in handy. Ambulatory EEG is an easy way to quickly read your brain activity without having wires attached directly to your head.
Instead of having electrodes that stay put for a long time (which can cause discomfort), ambulatory EEG uses small sensors placed on your scalp and records electrical impulses from your brain through movement alone. This makes it easier on the patient and the testing person; no one has to worry about wires getting caught on anything while they move around (which could lead to infection).
Ambulatory EEG Do’s And Don’ts
When you’re on an EEG, it’s important to know what you CAN and what you CAN’T do. Here are some ambulatory EEG do’s and don’ts:
- Do: Stretch before the test. Stretching reduces the likelihood of muscle spasms that can interfere with your brain waves.
- Don’t: Eat or drink anything solid in the hour before your test, even water! It could increase the likelihood of muscle spasms and make it harder to move around during the test.
- Do: Take a warm shower or bath before your test since hot water relaxes muscles and helps them relax more easily during the test.
- Don’t: Sit on a hard surface like a chair or bench for too long at any point during your test—this can cause muscle spasms that will interfere with how well your brain waves move through your body during the test!
- Do: Get plenty of sleep before your appointment so that you’re well-rested and ready to go when you arrive at the clinic or hospital for your test!
What Not to Do During Ambulatory Eeg?
When you have a sleep study with an ambulatory EEG, it’s important to remember that there are things you shouldn’t do. Here is what not to do during ambulatory EEG:
- Don’t chew or eat gum. Chewing gum or eating gum can cause bubbles in your brain and increase the pressure on your brain cells. This will make it harder for the electrodes to detect signals from your brain.
- Don’t drink coffee or alcohol before having an EEG. Caffeine and alcohol can cause drowsiness, which could affect how well you perform during the test.
- Don’t smoke around the equipment. The air inside a machine is humidified, which makes smoking difficult and unhealthy for everyone involved!
- Don’t put on the electrodes or use equipment if you have any skin reaction or sensitivity. Any rash, itchiness, redness, or swelling should be immediately reported to your doctor.
- Also, let’s not forget that this is a highly invasive procedure that involves inserting electrodes into your brain—so don’t do anything that might cause injury to yourself while trying to get them in!
- We’ve all seen how easy it is to accidentally poke ourselves in the eye with our pen/pencil before we’re even aware we’re doing it. Don’t make it worse by poking yourself in the head too!
If you have a serious medical condition and are looking for an EEG provider that uses state-of-the-art technology, you need not go further than NeuroX. We have an excellent team of physicians who can provide you with the best care possible. We offer Ambulatory EEGs (EEGs done while you’re moving around) using special programmable machines that allow us to simultaneously record data from multiple leads.
This is much more efficient than manually recording data from each lead, which is often time-consuming and tedious. The process only takes about 30 minutes, and patients can leave the facility immediately afterward with their results ready for interpretation.
The doctors at NeuroX have been praised by patients and healthcare professionals alike! If you want to find out more, reach out today!