A sleep study refers to several different kinds of sleep tests that evaluate how well you rest at night — specifically — how your body behaves and functions during periods of sleep. Doctors at Dignity Health Central California use these studies to evaluate and diagnose sleep disorders. Sleep studies may be performed at a sleep center or at home.
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Why Sleep Tests are Performed
Your doctor may recommend a sleep study if you’re having trouble getting a good night’s rest.
Common symptoms of sleeping problems include:
- Feeling sleepy during the day
- Trouble falling asleep
- Snoring or breathing interruptions during sleep
- Waking up at night for long periods of time
- Waking up earlier than desired
- Jerking leg or arm movements while sleeping
- Crawling or tingling sensations in your legs while relaxing or dozing off
Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea (interruptions in breathing), increase the risk of getting heart disease and other related conditions.
Types of Sleep Studies We Offer
Typically, a sleep study is performed on an outpatient basis at a sleep center. You’ll likely spend a night or a day at the facility while your care team evaluates your sleeping patterns. During the test, you may have electrodes placed on your chest to record your breathing, blood-oxygen levels, movements, and other data. After your test, you’ll be able to go back home.
The four main kinds of sleep tests are:
- Polysomnogram (PSG) is a home sleep study that can detect conditions like sleep apnea. You’ll wear monitoring equipment at home while you sleep.
- Portable home sleep monitor is another type of home sleep study. You wear equipment while sleeping at home that monitors your sleep patterns.
- Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) takes place during the day at a sleep center and is usually performed after a PSG test. You’ll wake up and try to fall asleep again in a darkened room.
- Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT) is performed at a sleep center and measures your ability to stay awake during the day. You’ll sit in a chair for forty minutes and try not to fall asleep.
Before your sleep study, avoid alcohol and caffeine, as these can affect your test results. Your provider will give you specific instructions on when to prepare for your test. If you have a home sleep study, you’ll need to return the equipment to the sleep center so the data can be evaluated.
Your Sleep Study Results at Dignity Health Central California
The results of a sleep test are generally available within a week or two. Your provider will let you know when your results are back. If you have a sleeping disorder, your doctor will create a personalized treatment plan to fit your needs. Dignity Health Central California provides sleep studies in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.