A sleep study is a painless, noninvasive test that measures your body’s function during sleep for the purpose of diagnosing and treating a sleep disorder. It enables a sleep specialist and your physician to determine a treatment plan that will help you sleep well, be refreshed and live a healthier life.
There are two components to a sleep study:
- First, a diagnostic portion, where we will monitor your breathing, brain wave activity, heart rate, body movements and blood oxygen levels while you sleep.
- Second – should your diagnostic test suggest sleep apnea – may be to apply CPAP (Constant Positive Airway Pressure) in the lab while you sleep. This “titration” study is to determine the best settings for CPAP therapy should you require it. NOTE: There are different methods of treatment available, depending on the type of sleep disorder you have.
Occasionally, both portions of the test are performed in one evening, but some patients require a second night for the titration study. If the results show that you would benefit from CPAP therapy, you will likely be scheduled for a return visit for the titration study.