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Get a Better Night’s Rest With a Sleep Study in Arizona

If you have trouble falling asleep or feeling well rested during the day, your doctor may recommend a sleep study to help diagnose the problem. During a sleep study, you are monitored to see how well you sleep and how your body behaves while you are sleeping. 

A sleep study can help your doctor determine if you have a sleeping condition, such as:

  • Restless leg syndrome (leg movement while asleep)
  • Sleep apnea (pauses in breathing)
  • Narcolepsy (daytime sleepiness)

In association with the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Dignity Health provides convenient locations for sleep study in Arizona. For more information, Find a Doctor today.


Why a Sleep Study May be Helpful

Doctors use sleep studies to diagnose a wide range of sleeping disorders, such as sleep apnea, which can lead to more serious health complications if left untreated. 

You may benefit from a sleep study if you have any of the following symptoms of a sleep disorder:

  • Chronic snoring or breathing interruptions as you snore
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Crawling or tingling sensation in your legs, specifically when you are relaxed or dozing off
  • Jerking leg or arm movements as you sleep
  • Ongoing daytime sleepiness
  • Waking up in the middle of night
  • Prolonged periods of waking up earlier than desired

Speak with a neurologist at Dignity Health if you have one or more of these symptoms.


What to Expect With a Sleep Study at Dignity Health

A sleep study will be performed at a Dignity Health sleep center. You will need to spend either a day or night at the sleep center. You should avoid caffeine and alcohol during the afternoon and evening prior to your sleep study.

During the test, sticky electrodes will be placed on your body to record your breathing, movement, blood oxygen levels, and more. 

There are four main types of sleep studies:

  • Polysomnogram (PSG). Doctors use this to diagnose disorders such as sleep apnea. You will wear monitoring equipment while you sleep at home.
  • Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT). This test helps evaluate your ability to stay awake during the day. You will sit in a chair and look straight ahead for 40 minutes at a time without falling asleep.
  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT). This is a daytime test performed after a PSG. After you wake up from a PSG test, you will try to fall asleep again in a darkened room.
  • Portable home sleep monitor. You will wear monitoring equipment while sleeping at home. 

Once your sleep study is complete you will be able to go back home. If you had an at-home sleep test, you will need to take the equipment back to the sleep center. 


Your Sleep Study Results

The results of your sleep test will typically be available within a few weeks. Your doctor will create a personalized treatment plan based on the information from your sleep study. 

At Dignity Health sleep centers, doctors test and diagnose sleep disorders with sleep studies in Arizona.