The Times (of Ottawa) reporter Angela Accomando had a sleep study done at OSF St. Elizabeth Sleep Center┬áto get an average person’s perspective on the procedure.

All I knew of sleep studies before my experience was what I’ve seen on TV. I pictured a ton of wires and machinery, and several doctors in white lab coats viewing my every move, breath and sniffle from a window separating the room.

My husband joked I would probably fall victim to some kind of dream invasion, and my co-workers joked doctors would find no brain waves while I slept. But I paid little attention to their shenanigans. After all, I was the one who’d be paid to sleep.