Problems that occur when you’re asleep aren’t always easy to diagnose, so if you have symptoms that could be sleep-related you might need to take part in a sleep study. At National Healthcare Center in Stockbridge and Atlanta, Georgia, expert physicians conduct sleep studies to assess conditions like narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and sleepwalking. To find out how a sleep study could help you get a good night’s sleep, call or book an appointment online today.
A sleep study, known as polysomnography, is a test that can help identify the cause of your sleep problems. It measures each stage of your sleep cycle, recording in detail your:
This information can help the team at National Healthcare Center diagnose the cause of your disrupted sleep.
You might need to undergo a sleep study if you’re experiencing symptoms of a sleeping disorder. Some of the disorders a sleep study can identify include:
If you already have a diagnosis that confirms a sleep disorder, further sleep studies can be useful for assessing your treatment, especially if you’re still experiencing symptoms.
If National Healthcare Center suspects you have a problem like sleep apnea, they might ask you to complete a home sleep study first. This involves wearing a device overnight that measures your blood oxygen levels.
If you have sleep apnea, the oxygen levels in your blood fall because your breathing keeps stopping through the night. The information from your home sleep study tells your provider whether you have a breathing problem, and gives them an indication of the severity of oxygen deprivation.
A sleep study at National Healthcare Center takes place in a special unit equipped with cameras and audio. You wear sensors on different areas of your body that transmit the information on your sleeping patterns to the control room.
You do get to sleep in a regular bed, but you might find it more difficult to sleep in these strange surroundings, especially when you’re all wired up. Despite the drawbacks of sleep studies, they can still provide valuable information about what happens when you’re asleep.
Most people stay overnight at the sleep center, but if you work at night, you can arrange to sleep through the day instead.
After your sleep study is complete, you can go home and carry on with life as normal. At your subsequent appointment at National Healthcare Center, you’ll receive a comprehensive evaluation so that you know exactly what’s causing your sleep problem.
Based on your specific diagnosis, your provider creates a customized treatment plan for you and thoroughly explains how it’s going to help alleviate your sleeping problem.
To find out more about sleep studies, contact National Healthcare Center by phone or online today.