When people are unsure if they have a sleeping disorder, a sleep study is often necessary to provide a proper diagnosis. People who suffer from sleepless nights often tend to feel tired all the time, making it difficult for them to think straight or even complete everyday tasks. Not getting enough sleep, especially on a regular basis, can get in the way of someone’s ability to live a happy and productive life. Not getting enough sleep can also have a negative effect on someone’s overall health.
We will often recommend a sleep study for patients who cannot seem to sleep when they need to. The sleep study will help us understand the issue and find an effective solution. One potential and popular diagnosis is chronic insomnia, which often occurs in those who already suffer from a sleep-related breathing disorder such as sleep apnea. Keeping a sleep diary can be useful for monitoring sleep and measuring sleep patterns.
Also known as a polysomnography, a sleep study is an assessment that is performed by a sleep specialist so they can find out why someone is not getting a good night’s sleep. The study can lead to sleep disorder diagnosis. The sleep test monitors and records the brains waves, heart rate, breathing rate, eye movements and leg movements of the patient.
This sleep monitoring allows us to identify why there are disruptions in someone’s sleep patterns. The sleep study will focus on the different and essential stages of sleep. The goal of the study is to identify why a patient is struggling with these disruptions and recommend the most effective treatment.
At our sleep clinic, we can monitor a patient’s sleep pattern when they stay here overnight. By doing this, we can come up with an accurate diagnosis before developing a treatment plan. While a sleep clinic is technically a medical clinic, the rooms are set up similar to that of a hotel room in order to make the patients comfortable enough to fall asleep during the study. We will perform the sleep test, which involves hooking the patient up to a number of different sleeping monitors that will watch the patient while they are sleeping.
Sleep apnea testing
While most sleep study patients need to stay overnight in a sleep clinic to receive a proper diagnosis, some patients are able to take the test at home using special equipment that collects the data. The entire sleep testing study process is non-invasive. The test will not cause any pain, as well.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder that causes patients to stop breathing for short periods of time when they are sleeping. When we suspect the patient has sleep apnea, the earlier we begin treatment, the better. In order for someone to receive a proper sleep apnea diagnosis, they will need to take part in a sleep apnea testing study that will monitor them when sleeping.
We will place special sensors on the patient that will record the information necessary to make a proper diagnosis. Home sleep apnea testing may be available for some patients, with a sleep specialist ultimately determining which one will be more effective. If a patient has the approval for home sleep apnea testing, they will receive all of the instructions they need to perform the sleep apnea test at their home.
Pediatric sleep specialists
Contrary to the belief that only adults can suffer from true sleep disorders, children and adolescents can also struggle with sleep disorders. While sleeping disorders in children can often be temporary, they can also be chronic. Thus, it is crucial for parents to seek the assistance of pediatric sleep specialists in order to find and address the sleeping problem with the most effective solution. When children do not get the sleep they need, it can easily lead to feeling irritable, having a lack of focus, feeling tired throughout the day and can even lead to behavioral problems.
A lack of sleep in childhood can lead to development issues and behavioral problems that can have long-term consequences. Thus, finding a treatment plan that works for the individual child is important to avoid hindering the child’s development. A focus on behavior modification is often effective when treating a child’s or teen’s sleeping disorders. We may also prescribe medications or additional supplements to treat pediatric sleeping disorders.
If you would like to learn more about sleep-study and the various treatments we provide, call (310) 551-1881 to schedule a consultation.