QEEG Preparation

EEG Brain Mapping is non-invasive and takes readings of what your brainwaves are doing during eyes closed, eyes open, reading and math states.


  • Have a good night’s sleep the night before.
  • Don’t party, drink or do anything upsetting or out of the ordinary the night before.
  • Speak to your physician/psychiatrist about what medications can be postponed prior to the session.  For instance, pain and sleep medications will affect baseline EEG readings.
  • Wash your hair the morning of session and dry it thoroughly.  Neutrogena Shampoo works well as a prep.  Do not use conditioner, gels, mouse, spray or other hair products.
  • Eat at least one hour prior to the session.
  • No caffeine 4 hours prior to the session.
  • No smoking the morning of the session.
  • No alcohol 3 days prior to your session.
  • No marijuana 72 hours prior to your session.
  • If you use street drugs, please check with Dr. Lemare-Calaba for the recommended time clean before the session.
  • Please bring a list of your medications and when you took the last dose.
  • Do not take over the counter medications such as aspirin, antihistamines, ibuprofen, tylenol, nasal sprays, cough medicine, allergy medications, analgesics, herbs, food supplements, or  amino acids the night before or the day of the session.
  • Plan to spend two hours with Dr. Lemare-Calaba for your brain mapping session.
  • An EEG cap will be put on your head.  Water-soluable EEG gel will be squirted into each electrode with a syringe and worked into your scalp.  This feels “pokey” but should not be painful.
  • Dr. Lemare-Calaba takes readings of your autonomic nervous system at the same time as she gathers brainwave data.  A breathing sensor will go around your chest, and sensors will be put on your wrists and fingers.
  • Your hair will be somewhat sticky from the EEG gel so bring a comb or brush.
  • You will be able to return to daily activities (e.g., work) immediately but it could be a bad hair day!

A feedback session to discuss your brain map results will be scheduled approximately two weeks after your brain mapping session.  Feel free to bring your therapist or family members to discuss the findings, as many people report that this session is “life changing” and they want the important people in their lives to participate.