What is a Sleep Study?
A sleep study is a procedure that can help determine if you have a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders often are not diagnosed and tend to develop over time. The symptoms are challenging because they could also indicate other problems. It is imperative to diagnose a sleep disorder properly, especially for those who have trouble sleeping or want snoring help, so they stop. A sleep study can give a look into what may be causing the symptoms you have. They can help create a plan for treating your sleep disorder and get you on your way to better sleep.
A sleep study is typically done in a sleep clinic, but sometimes it can happen in a hospital. You stay at the clinic overnight, and you will sleep there. Sensors are attached to your head and body to capture important information. There is a technician there in case you have any difficulty. In the morning, when you wake up, all the sensors are removed. The results of the study are sent to your doctor to make a determination about your next steps. While the sensors are attached to you, they will monitor your heart rate, oxygen levels, breathing, leg, and eye movements while you are sleeping. It is common for people to sleep less during the study because you are in a strange place with sensors attached to you. This should not negatively impact the results of the study.
What to Expect
Before a sleep study can be ordered, you must first have a consultation.
During the consultation, the doctor will review your sleep concerns, symptoms, and past medical history. Based on this analysis, the doctor will decide if a sleep study is necessary for diagnosis and treatment.
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Upon arriving you will be greeted by our friendly staff of night technicians who will show you to your room and get you settled.
You will be allowed time to relax and get comfortable. Before bedtime, your technician will apply electrodes with tape or paste. These will be applied to your scalp, face, chest, and legs. The electrodes will monitor brain waves, muscle movement, and heart rhythm.
Bands will be placed around your chest and abdomen that monitor breathing activity, and a sensor will be taped under your nose to monitor the airflow when you breathe. An additional sensor will be taped to your finger to monitor the oxygen saturation of your blood. None of this equipment is invasive and will not cause pain in the application or while wearing during the night.
After these devices are attached, the wires will be connected to a small box that can be worn around your neck while you are up. When you go to bed, the technician will connect this box to a cable that leads to the machines in the sleep lab control room. You will be free to use the bathroom during the night; however, you must call the technician to disconnect you from the equipment beforehand.
Once your study is complete, the sensors will be removed and you will be checked out, at which point you will be free to carry on with your day.
RESULTS AND FOLLOW UP
At Sonoran Sleep Center, we strive to provide a quick turnaround time for the result of your study.
In the morning after your study is complete, our staff will schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor to review the study's finds with you and determine the best course of action with treatment.
If you have any questions, please call us at 602.206.6262.