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Sleep and CPAP Guide

Sleep Studies

If you've noticed that you have irregularities with your sleep such as not being able to fall or stay asleep, waking up feeling unrefreshed in the morning or with headaches or dry throat day after day, a sleep study could help you to see what is limiting your sleep.

A sleep study monitors your body's functions as you sleep to determine if you have a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and other sleep disorders can be diagnosed from a sleep study, allowing you to get the treatment you need. But what happens exactly at a sleep study?

After filling out some paperwork and answering questions when you first arrive, a sleep technician then applies non-invasive electrodes to various places on your head and upper body for monitoring during sleep. You then just follow you normal bedtime routine, brushing your teeth, reading for a certain period of time or watching television before going to sleep.

Your sleep technician will monitor you from an adjacent room, and there is an intercom in your room for communication with the sleep technician should you need it. There's no need to worry about the electrodes or any other monitoring equipment falling off as you sleep. The sleep technician will come in and reattach it, but only if you are awake.

You will be woken up between 5 and 6 a.m. The sleep technician will wipe down the spots where the electrodes were connected, and you are done! They may briefly mention what they saw, but your official results should be ready within a few days.

Sleep studies are nothing to be anxious about, and are completely non-invasive. Plus, they will help determine if you have a sleep disorder so that you can start your treatment as soon as possible.