We all have those nights when we can’t get to sleep, or have problems staying asleep once we finally get there, but millions of people deal with chronic issues with getting a good night’s rest. Up to 30% of American adults struggle with chronic insomnia, around the same percentage deal with obstructive sleep apnea, and as many as 10% struggle with restless leg syndrome (RLS).
There are many signs of these various sleep disorders that affect you whether you're sleeping or awake, and sleep studies (also known as polysomnography) can help to diagnose your condition so you can get proper treatment. Let’s look at how to get involved in a sleep study, by examining what it is, how it helps, and what you can do to be a part of one.
If you live in the Glendale, Arizona area and you’re struggling with sleep problems, Drs. Sarah Patel, Vinod Patel, and the skilled team at Sonoran Sleep Center can help.
A sleep study is a comprehensive method of testing for possible sleep disorders by observing your sleeping habits in a safe, controlled environment. This method records your brainwaves as you rest, and monitors how you sleep, checking for things like how many stages of sleep you go through and patterns of disruptions that may disrupt it.
A sleep study can be done in several places, including in a hospital, at home, or in our on-site facility. It usually takes place overnight and uses a low light video camera to avoid disturbing you as you rest.
Observing you while resting can give us direct information on what symptoms you may be exhibiting while unaware, and can help us detect conditions like restless leg syndrome, circadian rhythm disorders, insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and various forms of parasomnia.
We attach electrodes to your head so that as you sleep we can see your brainwave activity, sleep stages, heart rhythm, muscle tone, leg movement, breathing patterns and blood oxygen levels in real time to help us make a diagnosis.
Participating in a study is as simple as dealing with symptoms of possible sleep disorders. So if you’re snoring, waking up frequently, or having other sleep issues, we can either offer a polysomnography study or a multiple sleep latency test. The latter is a way to test issues with daytime sleepiness by measuring how quickly you are prone to falling asleep in a quiet environment during the day.
So, if you’re having sleeping problems, our facilities are designed to help you determine what’s wrong and allow us to put together a solution for your needs. Make an appointment with the Drs. Patel and the team at Sonoran Sleep Center today, to get involved in a sleep study and find a solution that gets you a better night’s rest.