What Can A Sleep Study Diagnose?
A sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram, can diagnose a variety of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and many more. Visit Suburban Healthcare Associates to get personalized and specialized care. For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Naperville IL, Plainfield IL, and Joliet IL.
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A sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram, is a comprehensive medical test that involves monitoring various physiological parameters while you sleep. The test is typically recommended by a doctor when there is a suspicion of a sleep disorder that requires investigation, such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, or periodic limb movement disorder. During the study, you will be hooked up to multiple sensors that will record your brain waves, eye movements, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, breathing patterns, and muscle activity. The data collected from these sensors will provide insights into the quality and quantity of your sleep, as well as identify any abnormal patterns or disruptions. The sleep study is typically conducted in a specialized sleep center that offers a comfortable and controlled environment for sleeping.
A sleep study typically involves spending a night at a specialized sleep center where you will be hooked up to multiple sensors that will monitor various physiological parameters while you sleep. These sensors include:
• Electroencephalography (EEG) – Measures brain wave activity
• Electrooculography (EOG) – Measures eye movements
• Electromyography (EMG) – Measures muscle activity
• Electrocardiography (ECG) – Measures heart rate and rhythm
• Pulse oximetry – Measures blood oxygen levels
• Respiratory belts – Measures breathing patterns
• Microphone – Records snoring and other noises
A trained sleep technologist will attach the sensors to your body and monitor the data throughout the night to ensure that the sensors are picking up accurate signals. The sensors are painless and non-invasive and are attached using adhesive pads or belts. The specialist will interpret the results and provide a diagnosis, if necessary.
A sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram, can diagnose a variety of sleep disorders. Some of the most common conditions that a sleep study can diagnose include:
• Sleep Apnea – a condition in which breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep due to a blockage of the airway
• Narcolepsy – a neurological disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden sleep attacks
• Restless Leg Syndrome – a condition in which a person has an irresistible urge to move their legs, particularly at night
• Periodic Limb Movement Disorder – a condition in which a person’s legs or arms twitch or jerk repeatedly during sleep, causing arousal and disrupting sleep
• Insomnia – a condition in which a person has difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
• REM Sleep Behavior Disorder – a condition in which a person physically acts out their dreams during the REM stage of sleep
If you have been scheduled for a sleep study, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the test and ensure that you get the most accurate results possible. Here are some tips:
• Follow your doctor’s instructions: Before the test, your doctor will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare.
• Avoid caffeine and alcohol: Caffeine and alcohol can interfere with your ability to fall asleep and can affect the quality of your sleep. Avoid consuming these substances for at least 24 hours before the test.
• Avoid napping: Try to avoid napping on the day of the test, as this can make it harder to fall asleep at night.
• Bring comfortable clothing: You will be sleeping in a strange environment, so it’s important to bring comfortable clothing that you would normally wear to bed.
• Bring any necessary medications: If you take medication to help you sleep or to manage any other medical conditions, be sure to bring it with you to the sleep center.
• Arrive on time: Be sure to arrive at the sleep center on time so that the sleep technologist can prepare you for the test and answer any questions you may have.
• Relax: Lastly, try to relax and approach the test with a positive attitude. While it may be strange to sleep with sensors attached to your body, the test is completely safe and non-invasive.
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