Sunday, September 24, 2017

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What is a Sleep Study
          You will arrive at the facility about 9:00 or 9:30 PM. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire that asks what medications you are taking, your medical history, regular sleep habits and details about what kinds of problems you may be experiencing. Include information about any medications, tobacco products, alcohol and caffeine products you use because they may affect your sleep. You may need help from a spouse or family member to answer some of the questions about your sleep habits. Examples of typical questions are: “Do you snore? Do you kick your legs while sleeping?”

         Various sensors and monitoring devices are used to evaluate your sleep and breathing during the night. A set of electrodes may be pasted to your head. They show the brain wave patterns that tell the doctor what stage of sleep you are in during the night.

         Additional electrodes may be taped below your knees to detect any leg movements and twitches. Belts or electrodes will be placed on or around your chest and abdomen to measure your breathing. A soft wire will be taped between your nose and upper lip to measure airflow as you breathe. A fingertip sensor will monitor the oxygen level in your blood. If this sounds very uncomfortable, in reality it is not. The purpose of a sleep study is to get you to sleep as normally as possible so that accurate results can be obtained. 

         You may be asked to wear a mask over your nose for part of the sleep study or to try the mask on another night. The mask delivers air pressure to your airway to hold it open. Information that is recorded while wearing the mask will help the physician determine the best therapy for you and whether you will benefit from therapy. You will be awakened about 5:30 or 6 AM to prepare to leave.

         A doctor will review your study to determine if you have OSA, and if you would benefit from therapy. Your doctor will have a summary report within 48 hours, and full test results within 2 weeks. You will need to schedule a visit with your doctor to go over the results and get their recommendations.