What Sleep Studies Are Available?
Anyone who has experienced difficulty sleeping at night knows that it is a frustrating struggle. A lack of rest can also have detrimental effects on your mood, brain function and overall health. Yet it is a common problem. An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans are affected by sleep disorders. Chronic sleep deprivation has been associated with a greater risk for heart attack and stroke, diabetes, obesity, memory loss, depression and more.
If you’re looking for relief from a sleep disorder and trying to find the solution that will help you get the rest you need, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are some answers to help you get started.
What Is Sleep Disorder Screening?
Sleep studies are specialized tests that monitor what happens to your body during sleep. The studies are done to determine what is causing your sleep problems. While the patient sleeps, the technician gathers data from a set of tests. This data is used to help physicians make an accurate diagnosis and develop a successful treatment plan that fits into your lifestyle.
Where Does Diagnostic Sleep Testing Take Place?
Depending on the diagnostic testing that you need, you may have a choice of where you want to have your sleep problems evaluated. Sleep Health Solutions performs testing in our comfortable clinical space and supports at-home testing procedures.
When Can I Arrange Diagnostic Sleep Testing?
Our staff is happy to work with your schedule. We provide daytime studies to accommodate shift workers and are available to conduct overnight studies seven days a week.
The Sleep Health Solutions clinic is located in Cuyahoga Falls and we regularly serve residents from northeastern Ohio and the Akron area. Call our office or fill out the contact form to learn more about how to get tested for sleep disorders.
How Do You Test for Sleep Disorders?
Specialized sleep technicians use the latest diagnostic equipment available to collect accurate data about your sleep patterns and movement. All testing procedures are non-invasive and we work to make everyone as comfortable as possible.
Types of Sleep Study Tests
This type of study is used to detect a multitude of sleep disorders. It records physiological information during sleep, including brain activity, eye movement, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, heart rate, breathing and airflow through your mouth and nose, snoring, and muscle movements. Insomnia is one of the sleep disorders that this test helps diagnose.
Sleep Study CPAP Test
CPAP titration studies are performed in the sleep lab. The purpose is to accurately calibrate the CPAP machine used to manage sleep-disordered breathing conditions, including sleep apnea, hypoventilation, and hypoxemia. It can be done either following the initial testing and diagnosis or in the second part of a single split-night study.
Multiple Wake Test (MWT)
Also known as Maintenance of Wakefulness Testing, this assesses your level of alertness. You will be asked to stay awake without napping during the testing period. Then, a polysomnogram will be used to monitor how your body responds and if you are able to stay awake in a calm environment.
Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
MSLT tests for excessive daytime sleepiness by monitoring how quickly the person falls asleep in a quiet atmosphere. This full-day test uses sensors to determine when you are asleep and the sleep stage. Narcolepsy is one example of a sleep disorder identified with the results of this test.
Get more information about sleep disorder treatments supported by Sleep Health Solutions.