If your doctor cannot determine if you are suffering from a sleep disorder or which sleep disorder you have they could suggest a sleep study.Â Another term for a sleep study is polysomnography.Â Â A sleep study is a non-invasive overnight exam where your sleep is monitored.Â It takes place in a sleep lab or at a hospital.Â While you sleep an EEG monitors your sleep stages and your REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycles.
Where does a sleep study take place?
A sleep study takes place in a comfortable bedroom set up in a sleep hospital or sleep lab.Â You can wear your own pajamas and bring anything else that you regularly use when you sleep.Â (Children often bring a stuffy or special blanket).
What all is monitored in a sleep study?
- REM cycles
- Blood oxygen levels
- Heart rates
- Breathing rates
- Body movements
How do they monitor?
Electrodes and sensors will be placed on you body externally only.Â Your movement is not confined by the sensors.Â Â Polysomnographic technologists will monitor you during the night.
Will you be able to sleep?
A full night of sleep is not required to gain useful information.Â So don’t stress about if or how much sleep you will actually get.
- Sleep apnea
- Periodic limb movement disorder
- Restless legs syndrome
- REM sleep behavior disorder
Your results will be evaluated by your doctor and you will have a follow up consultation to discuss what was learned.
Undergoing A Sleep Study - Here is What You Need to Know! #HealthStatus
- 1Sleep studies provide valuable data to make an accurate assessment of sleep disorders.
- 2Many pieces of data are monitored during a sleep study: eye movement, muscle contractions, and oxygen levels.
- 3Useful data can be gathered even if your sleep is not complete.
A sleep study is a non-invasive, overnight exam that allows doctors to monitor you while you sleep to see what’s happening in your brain and body.
Read the full article here:Â https://sleepfoundation.org/excessivesleepiness/content/how-does-sleep-study-work
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