What is a Sleep Study?

A sleep study is the diagnostic tool used primarily to diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea.It is also used to diagnose:

  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
  • Narcolepsy
  • Nocturnal Seizure Disorder
  • Idiopathic Daytime Hypersomnolence
  • Document Daytime Vigilance  (Commercial Drivers)

During an in-lab monitored sleep study (Polysomnography), you will be provided with a bedroom-like setting specifically designed to help induce sleep.  It takes place during the time you would normally get the most amount of sleep – for most of us that is overnight.

While you sleep, we measure 10 physiologic parameters using a combination of EKG-type leads and soft pliable bands.  A registered sleep technician monitors your sleep from a control area the entire night.  The equipment records your physical state during various stages of sleep, and provides data that is essential to evaluating sleep and sleep-related complaints.  This data includes identifying sleep stages, body position, blood oxygen levels, respiratory events, muscle tone, heart rhythm, the specific amount of snoring, and general sleep behavior.

 

If you would like to schedule a Sleep Study, talk to your physician for a referral, or contact us directly to schedule an appointment or obtain additional information.

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Many patients deal with the symptoms of Sleep Apnea for 5 to 10 years before the true culprit is uncovered. Because patients are asleep when Sleep Apnea occurs, they simply do not know it is happening to them. Take our sleep test and don’t wait any longer to have better health.

 
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