What is a Sleep Study?
A sleep study is a painless series of tests performed in an overnight setting that evaluate an individual’s sleep patterns to determine if they have a sleep disorder that can be addressed. The type of test used to evaluate a patient depends on the type of sleep problem the individual is having, but the tests are generally similar.
A patient is hooked up with various electrodes that measure brain wave activity, which allows us to determine if the patient is asleep or awake and what stage of sleep they are in. The patient then goes to sleep normally and the test begins. If the patient wakes up or has difficulty sleeping, the study helps determine why.
After the study is over, the individual leaves the sleep center the next morning. The study is read and the patient comes back in several weeks to discuss the results.