Having a sleep study performed will help you better understand your sleep habits and how they are impacting your life.
A sleep study can help diagnose the following so treatment can begin:
- Obstructive sleep apnea—a potentially serious sleep disorder that causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep.
- Insomnia—difficulty falling or staying asleep.
- Narcolepsy—excessive daytime sleepiness and intermittent, uncontrollable episodes of falling asleep during the daytime.
- Limb movement disorders—brief muscle twitches, jerking movements or an upward flexing of the feet while trying to sleep.
- Circadian rhythm disorders—a disruption in the internal clock that affects sleep.
What to expect
A sleep study monitors your movements to detect any sleep-related disorders or sleep-related movement disorders. It can analyze your sleep patterns and help you and your doctor learn about the quantity and quality of the sleep that you’re getting.
During your sleep study:
- A technician will apply small sensors to your head and body with adhesive.
- The wires will be connected to a computer that will gather information during the study.
- Elastic belts may also be wrapped around your chest and abdomen to measure breathing.
- A clip may be placed on your finger or earlobe to monitor oxygen levels in your bloodstream.
Patients need to obtain a prescription from their doctor in order to have testing done.