What Is Polysomnography?
Polysomnography is a technical term for a sleep study. The test tracks and records many sleep elements while a person sleeps, including:
oxygen levels in the blood
eye and leg movements
heart rate and respirations
While polysomnography is one of the most widely used kinds of sleep studies, it’s not the only one. The Resmed Apnealink Air sleep study is a popular at-home sleep study.
Will I Have To Go To A Sleep Lab?
No! We generally take the approach that we would like to facilitate a home sleep study whenever medically appropriate. Most patients not only find a home sleep test easier to perform, but they prefer to undergo testing in the comfort of their own home.
If for some reason Dr. Jain feels you would not be a candidate for a home sleep study, he will be sure to have a discussion with you in regards to why there is a need for more formal sleep testing.
Doctors often don’t diagnose sleep disorders solely on the basis of a sleep study, but studies can provide insights that can indicate a potential diagnosis or confirm a suspected one. Some of the conditions that sleep studies are used to diagnose are:
obstructive sleep apnea and other forms of sleep apnea
periodic limb movement disorder or restless leg syndrome
Sleep studies are NOT used to diagnose insomnia.
Most patients start with a consultation with a sleep specialist before scheduling a sleep study.
How Long Is A Sleep Study
Most sleep studies that are used to diagnose conditions take a single night, although doctors may occasionally ask patients to go through more than one night of testing. Patients can ask beforehand how long their sleep study will be.
Home Sleep Apnea Test
We utilize a variety of home sleep apnea testing equipment. We use FDA approved Home Sleep Testing Equipment. We can provide cutting edge, disposable, multi-night capable devices that are easy for patients to set up and use. The devices we use include the Resmed ApneaLink Air, The Ectosense Nightowl, and the Itamar Watchpat One.
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