Have You Been Recommended a Sleep Study? Read This First.
Sleep Study Overview
More than 18 million Americans have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, which is a sleep disorder characterized by airway blockage that leads to frequent disruptions of sleep. Because the symptoms mostly present during sleep, those who suffer from the condition rarely recognize it by themselves. This is why sleep doctors recommend polysomnography.
Polysomnography is the official term for a sleep study, which monitors brain and body activity during sleep to help diagnose sleep disorders like sleep apnea. Your brain waves, oxygen levels in your blood, breathing and heart rate patterns, limb flexing and extensions and body positions are all recorded. Results can help identify previously unknown sleep disorders, and they can help those with known disorders adjust their treatment moving forward.
Understanding Sleep Studies
Most sleep studies are conducted at either a sleep center or at the sleep disorders unit of a hospital, but they can also be done at the patient’s home. Diagnostic overnight polysomnography (PSG) tests are conducted overnight with a diagnostic daytime multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) completed the morning after to test daytime drowsiness and signs of narcolepsy. There are also multi-day tests where PSG technologists have the patient use a CPAP machine for improved sleep quality.
The purpose of a sleep study is to help diagnose any sleep disorders so patients can start treatment as soon as possible. During normal sleep, your brain activity and eye movements slow down for one to two hours in a stage called non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. They then resume during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, and you may experience dreaming. A full night’s rest includes multiple 90-minute cycles of NREM and REM sleep, but there will be several interruptions if you have a sleep disorder. Sleep studies identify when, why and how often you sleep is disrupted so your doctor can accurately diagnose you.
If you’re experiencing any of the following, your doctor will likely recommend a sleep study:
- You wake up gasping or choking during the night.
- You exhibit signs of periodic limb movement disorder or restless legs syndrome.
- You are overwhelmingly exhausted or fall asleep at random during the day.
- Your sleep behaviors include walking, talking or acting out dreams.
- You have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
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Polysomnography is straightforward and risk-free. If you have sensitive skin, you may experience some irritation from the mild adhesive used to attach sensors to your body. Otherwise, the process is noninvasive.
You will be asked to abstain from foods and beverages that have alcohol and caffeine in them, as both substances affect your sleep patterns and can make some sleep disorder symptoms worse. Taking a nap on the day of your study will also impact your sleep, so try to avoid doing so. It’s important to get the most accurate study results for truly personalized treatment.
On the evening of your study, you will arrive at the sleep center or sleep disorders unit with your night clothes and other items that are part of your bedtime routine. The study room will be nearly indistinguishable from a hotel room with a private bathroom. It’s simply equipped with a low-light video camera and a two-way audio system so the PSG technologists can monitor the room and communicate with you.
The techs will use a mild adhesive to attach sensors to multiple points of your body once you’re ready to go to sleep. Each sensor is connected to a computer with a long wire—there will be enough room to move during sleep. You’ll also have a sensor clipped to your finger or ear for monitoring blood oxygen levels.
During the Sleep Study
All you have to do during the sleep study is sleep! There is nothing special to it. Try to sleep as you would at home so the techs can get accurate results to pass on to your doctor. You may find it difficult to sleep while attached to multiple wires, but this is to be expected.
While you’re sleeping, the polysomnography team will be monitoring the following:
- Brain waves
- Eye movements
- Heart rate (and any changes)
- Breathing patterns (and any changes)
- Blood oxygen levels
- Body position and movement
- Limb movement
- Signs of sleep apnea
There’s a chance the sleep specialists will bring in a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine for you to use during the study. This is an easy-to-use machine that delivers filtered pressurized air directly to your airway via tubing and a CPAP mask, and it can help restore restful sleep caused by disrupted breathing patterns.
Once you’ve completed the sleep study, you’ll book a follow-up appointment with your doctor and resume your typical routine. You are not required to make any changes until prescribed by your doctor.
The follow-up appointment will include a review of your polysomnography results and recommended treatment in the event you have a sleep disorder. The most common of these is sleep apnea, which is treated with CPAP therapy.
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