Sleep study is the study of sleep using sensors which can be a home sleep study or in lab sleep study called polysomnogram.
What does an in lab sleep study record?
- Air flow in and out of your lungs as you breathe
- The level of oxygen in your blood
- Body position
- Brain waves (EEG)
- Breathing effort and rate
- Electrical activity of muscles
- Eye movement
- Heart rate
Types of sleep studies
- The in lab sleep studies can be diagnostic polysomnograph, CPAP or BiPAP titration studies, Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT). The polysomnograph monitors and records data about your body during a full night of sleep.
- Sleep studies diagnose sleep-related breathing disorders such as sleep apnea, sleep-related seizure disorders, sleep-related movement disorders, and sleep disorders that cause extreme daytime tiredness such as narcolepsy.
- The sleep study test results and develop a treatment plan for any diagnosed sleep disorder. Untreated sleep disorders can raise your risk for heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and depression. Sleep disorders also have been linked to an increased risk for injury and car accidents.
Home sleep studies
You may be able to use a sleep study device in your home instead of at a sleep center to help diagnose sleep apnea. You either pick up the device at a sleep center or a trained therapist comes to your home to set it up.
Home testing may be used when: