I've had 3 EEG's performed on me, so I think I could answer your question.
First of all, they want you to be sleep deprived because the test will be more accurate that way. The purpose of an EEG is to check for abnormal brain waves, such as seizure activity. Make sure you don't have any gel, mousse or hairspray in your hair. They will put some kind of gel on different spots of your head and attach wires to it. Your eyes will be closed for most of the test, they'll flash a strobe light in your face at different speeds (this is to check for photosensitive epilepsy), and they may ask you to hyperventilate yourself by breathing in and out really fast.
The test will be approximately 30-45 min.
Hope this helps.
What happened: I was randomly assaulted from behind in June of 2011. I was knocked unconscious for an unknown amount of time (less than 30 minutes) and have no memory of the event. CT scan showed contusion and hematoma of the left frontal lobe. I spent 3 days in the hospital. Diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome in September 2011. Currently have Medicaid and SSI.
Current symptoms: Brain fog, anxiety, panic attacks, memory issues, confusion, problems with spontaneity, sensitive to loud noises, trouble thinking, problems with producing speech, spacing out, word finding difficulties, tinnitus in both ears, random tingling in different parts of my head and many other things that I can't explain. I'm very easily overloaded which makes it nearly impossible to watch TV or use the computer.
If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be that we're all OK.
And not to worry 'cause worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these.