How to order a sleep study
Your doctor decides to study your sleeping pattern with the aim of finding out how it is affecting your health. The results obtained are meant to help the doctor to come up with a prescription that works for you. There are some health conditions which are associated with sleep disorders. In such cases, addressing sleeping disorder may help you improve your health.
Sleep apnea is a disorder where there is irregular breathing at night. This reduces oxygen levels in the blood and can end up causing hypertension or other heart related problems. This may also allow plaque to clog your arteries and this eventually leads to problems such as heart attack and stroke.
There some people who feel sleepy during the day while for others, symptoms come in the form of a headache, weight gain, memory loss or fatigue. If you find yourself experiencing some sleeping problems then this could be one of the symptoms. So what are some of the things that the doctor will observe during this study and why?
There are differences in the way your body behaves when it is asleep and when you are awake. These are some of the things we check during the sleep study. They include things such as your heart rate, movement, oxygen levels, breathing and EEG on the scalp.
There are people who experience some breathing hardships during sleep. However, it is important to find out exactly why the complication takes place. There are some who may move abnormally when asleep while others have abnormal brain activity that may affect their sleep pattern.
It is important to find out their relationship between the brain waves, breathing movements and how the two interact to cause your sleeping problem. This will help the doctors to come up with treatment for your problem.
what type of sensors will be used here?
This study will make use of sensors that are connected to the surface of the skin. They are not invasive unless the physician demands so.
There are sensor prongs that are placed in the nose mainly to measure the air flowing in and out of the nose. There are EKG patches which are placed on your chest for heart rate while others are placed over the hands and legs to measure movement.
There are around 10 electrode patches that are placed over the head and they are used for measuring brain waves as you sleep.
The glue residue that remains on your hair can be cleaned off using shampoo. Elastic bands are also tied around your chest and these are meant to measure chest movements as you breathe. There is a sensor which is taped on your finger and this is used to check the oxygen levels as you sleep.
It may not be comfortable for you to sleep with all these sensors but we only need you to sleep for a few hours for us to get the data.
You may be wondering about what type of room the study should be conducted in or what is meant to happen if you have to go to the bathroom during the study.
A private room is provided for this particular study. It is well equipped with a bathroom as well as a shower. There is also a television to entertain your before you sleep. This is not a typical hospital room.
This room is more private compared to most hospital rooms. It is in a separate area of the hospital. If you need anything, there are technicians there who will provide it for you. They will also assist you when you need to go the bathroom. There is an intercom which you can use to call for help when you need it.
Are the pillows and bed comfortable?
The bed and pillows used for the study are designed to meet the standard requirements that hospitals demand. The same applies to the sheets and blankets. If you have a problem with the pillow or blanket, you can always come with your own to ensure that you are comfortable all through the study.
What happens if it is too hot or too cold in the room?
Each room has a thermostat that can be adjusted to match your temperature requirements. All you need to do is alert the technician as to what temperatures are good for you and they will ensure you get them.
Should I sleep the same way I sleep at home during the study?
Will it affect the study if I do not sleep well?
We do our best to create a comfortable environment for you to sleep. However, it cannot be similar to what you experience at home considering it is a new environment and you have sensors all over your body.
We do not need you to sleep the same way you sleep at home for us to get the information. We only need you to fall asleep for a few hours and we shall obtain all the information we need. If you have cases of sleep apnea, it is bound to be clear when you sleep for a few hours.
Will I be woken up by the technician during the study?
The technician may wake you up once in a while during the study to replace some sensors or cables that may not be working well. We do our best not to interrupt your sleep but at times it is unavoidable. We may have to replace some sensors during the study.
You should inform the technician if you have had any caffeine that particular day prior to the study.
Do I need to inform the technicians about all the medication I have taken prior to the study?
This information is important as it may affect the results. Please come with the bottles or a list of the medicine you are using.
The technician will question you about the medication since they will have to factor that information in the study.
This information is quiet important because the medication and supplements may alter your sleeping pattern and this will definitely affect the results. Make sure you include all the medication including the ones collected over the counter.
You should also bring the date list for the medications as this will help you remember them.
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