Answering Your Questions About Sleep Studies
Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Sun 04/18/2021 - 09:00
A polysomnogram, or sleep study, is a test to determine the cause of a sleeping problem such as obstructive sleep apnea. The data gathered in a sleep study can provide valuable insight about how to improve your sleep and, by extension, your overall health and well-being.
In this post, Dr. Ivan Stein of New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions answers your questions about sleep studies.
Why should I have a sleep study conducted?
Quality restful sleep is important to your physical and mental well-being. If you have a sleep disorder, it can adversely affect nearly every part of your life, including your work, relationships, mood and outlook. You may feel chronically tired, depressed, anxious or as though you are unable to live life to the fullest.
The first step toward treating a sleep disorder is identifying the exact disorder and its severity. An overnight sleep study will reveal the root cause of your sleeping problems and help in the creation of a treatment plan.
What happens during a sleep study?
A sleep study involves using special equipment to record the activity of your body during various stages of sleep and wakefulness. Electrodes and other sensors are attached to different parts of your body to record your brainwave activity, eye movements, muscle activity, heart rhythm and other functions. A sleep technician monitors you throughout the night and is available if you need assistance.
Is a sleep study invasive?
No, the test is not invasive or painful at all. Sleep centers usually recommend bringing your own pillow, a cozy pair of pajamas and your favorite reading material to make you more comfortable as you prepare for sleep.
How do I prepare for a sleep study?
On the day of your sleep study, do not nap or consume caffeine after noon. You should shower and eat dinner before arriving at the sleep lab. Bring your toothbrush, any medicines you take at night and a change of clothing for the next day.
What if I can’t sleep during the study?
It is very common to feel concerned about falling and staying asleep during a study. However, you will have a private, clean room that is kept dark and quiet for optimal sleep. Most of the time, patients fall asleep without difficulty.
How do I get the results of my sleep study?
At the conclusion of your sleep study, a sleep physician will review your data in conjunction with your medical history, and provide his or her findings to you and your doctor. The results will guide the treatment planning process.
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If you think you are a candidate for a sleep study, please contact New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions. We can provide you with more information about the referral process and scheduling your sleep exam.