How Does a Sleep Study Work?
If you’re suffering from a chronic sleep issue, even one as serious as sleep apnea, it can be tough to diagnose on your own because most symptoms probably occur while you are fast asleep. If you’ve been experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea (which you can read about here), the first step to getting treatment is to have it properly diagnosed, and the best way to do that is with a sleep study.
A sleep study is a non-invasive medical test that allows doctors to monitor what your brain and body are doing while you sleep. With this information, they can determine if you are suffering from any particular disorders and can recommend treatment.
A sleep study is usually conducted over the course of one night in a sleep lab. On the day of your sleep study, you’ll be asked to arrive about two hours before you plan to go to sleep. You’ll be encouraged to bring any items that you need to be completely comfortable, such as your own pillows, sheets, and pajamas. Before you go to sleep, a lab technician will place a variety of sensors and electrodes on your head and body. These will be used to monitor things such as your breathing, heart rate, blood flow, and body movements. You’ll still have plenty of room to move with these devices on you, and if you’re worried about sleeping in this type of environment, don’t—you only need to sleep a few hours for the technician to get all the information they need.
You can also have a sleep study completed at home as well. For this, your doctor will give you a small device to wear to bed one night, and you’ll simply need to return it to them the next morning.
After you have completed your sleep study, it will take about two weeks for your doctor to analyze the information. When they are finished, they will schedule a follow-up visit with you and recommend the best course of treatment.
How Can I Get a Sleep Study?
If you are interested in having a sleep study performed, there are 2 main ways to do it:
- Take our Sleep Apnea Test: This short test, which only consists of 8 yes or no questions, will give us vital information as to your risk of having sleep apnea. After you take it, we’ll contact you within 24 hours and can direct you to where you can have a sleep study performed.
- Contact Your Primary Care Physician: If you have been suffering with sleep problems for weeks, schedule an appointment with your doctor and let them know. From there, they can recommend you to a sleep doctor who can perform your sleep study.
A sleep study can only be performed/evaluated by a certified sleep doctor, and if you need help finding one, our own Dr. Kenneth Mogell works with many in the area, so he can direct you to one close to you.
After Your Sleep Study
At your follow-up appointment after your sleep study, your doctor can recommend a variety of treatments if you indeed have sleep apnea. These can include a CPAP machine, surgery, or oral appliance therapy. Our practice specializes in making custom oral appliances to help relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea. This is the least invasive and most convenient treatment option by far, and it has been shown to help improve the sleep quality for over 90% of the patients who use it consistently.
If you’re tired of feeling tired every morning, a sleep study could be your first step to getting a good night’s rest. We can help you with this important part of the process, so if you have any questions about how it works or how you can have one performed, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.