The ABC’s of Sleep Studies
If you or a physician think you may have a sleep disorder, you may be asked to take a physical exam to determine whether or not you need a sleep study. A one or two night sleep study may be performed to diagnose your sleep disorder. A polysomnogram is the best way to determine abnormalities that occur during sleep. Sensors are attached to the patient’s head, chest, abdomen and legs. These electrodes monitor brain activity, breathing irregularities, muscle activity, eye movements, and oxygen levels. Skilled technologists administer these non-invasive, painless tests, which are used to record your sleep patterns.
Common Questions About Sleep Studies:
How long does a sleep study take?
The patient reports to the sleep center approximately 1 to 1.5 hours before their normal bedtime. The patient will be monitored all night and awakened near the 6 a.m. hour.
What if I can’t sleep with devices hooked to me?
Our environment is made to be as comfortable as possible.The devices attached allow the patient to toss and turn freely during the night. There are no needles involved and the procedure is completely painless.
Does my insurance cover this test?
Most insurance policies cover a sleep study. We will need a prescription from the physician. If a patient does not have a regular physcian and thinks that he or she may have some of the symptoms found in this brochure, please call us and we can put you in touch with a physician that is qualified and trained in sleep medicine.
If you would like to learn more or have other questions regarding sleep disorders or a sleep study, we invite you to call us at (844) 788-4733.