Comprehensive sleep evaluations
The first stop on your road back to a good night's sleep is to diagnose your sleep condition. When you meet with one of our sleep doctors, he or she will go over the information you provided about your sleeping habits and try to identify the cause of your sleep issue. Often, this is enough information to make a diagnosis and suggest a course of treatment.
When your doctor is unable to make a diagnosis based on the sleep habit information you provided, he or she may refer you for a sleep study. This type of evaluation can provide a much more comprehensive picture of your sleep patterns.
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study, or polysomnography, is an overnight test that monitors your sleep stages and cycles to identify if or when your sleep patterns are disrupted. This overnight observation is done in a private room at one of our sleep centers. These rooms are similar to hotel rooms, with private bathrooms and showers attached.
Measurements taken while you sleep include:
- Brain activity
- Sleep duration
- Eye movements
- Breathing efforts
- Leg movements
- Muscle tone
- Heart rate
- Blood oxygen levels
This study involves a noninvasive, painless evaluation of your sleep. Our sleep center teams are available to ensure your stay is pleasant and to answer any questions you may have.
When participating in a sleep study, you typically arrive around 8 p.m. and are awakened around 6 a.m. the following morning. If you need to make different arrangements, we can work with you to schedule a time that is more convenient.
Other sleep tests
During the sleep study, your doctor may conduct several additional tests, such as:
- Multiple Sleep Latency Test - This test measures the severity of daytime sleepiness using a series of five naps given every two hours throughout the day.
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) - If the initial polysomnogram documents a significant breathing disorder, CPAP is sometimes used to treat the disorder. CPAP is a method of delivering the necessary air pressure through a nasal mask, which maintains an open airway during sleep.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from insufficient sleep, call one of our sleep health locations to schedule an appointment with a sleep doctor today.