A sleep study is the usual method prescribed by your doctor to diagnose any sleep disorders, particularly sleep apnea of which snoring is a major symptom. Many people are anxious about taking a sleep study test because they don’t know what to expect and aren’t comfortable sleeping away from home. It’s really not as bad as you might think. Here’s why there’s no reason to put off the test.
Most sleep study tests are conducted in sleep study centers, not in hospitals. Although, regardless of the location, the room you will sleep in is private and the center’s best efforts will have been put forth in making the room as comfortable and as un-hospitable like as possible. Certainly, it’s not a night at the Ritz, but it’s not quite the image people have in their mind, either, of a barren, sterile hospital room filled with equipment and staff.
No needles are involved in a sleep study test. Instead, a set of wires and electrodes will be placed at points on your face in order for the equipment to monitor certain activity while you sleep. Patients are always afraid they won’t be able to sleep with the equipment in place, but that usually turns out not to be an issue at all.
The most common complaint about a sleep study test is that the bed was not all that comfortable. One night on an uncomfortable bed is a small price to pay to determine whether or not you have a sleep disorder that may be affecting your health and your quality of life. Sometimes it’s easier going in with the right expectations. Don’t expect the bed to be super-cozy and you won’t be disappointed in the experience.
Staff generally leave you alone unless a wire has to be put back into place during the night. You should have a private bathroom and the wires can be removed if you need to get up to visit the facility in the middle of the night – just as if you were at home.
Following is a sleep study video that goes over the general process which is similar at most sleep study centers with minor variation. This should help address any questions you have about what to expect during your study.
If your doctor is concerned that your snoring problem is the result of sleep apnea, don’t put off having a sleep study test. This is the best method for doctors to get readings about blood pressure, brain activity, breathing patterns and other signs of stress during sleep. Once any issues are diagnosed, the right prescription can be applied to correct any problems. Getting the best sleep you can possibly get is one of the most energizing, restorative tools we have available to keep us fueled and ready for each new day.