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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.
Having trouble sleeping? If you would like to have a sleep study in Central California, use our search tool to Find a Doctor online. A sleep specialist can determine which test is right for you.
Your doctor may recommend a sleep study if you’re having trouble getting a good night’s rest.
Common symptoms of sleeping problems include:
Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea (interruptions in breathing), increase the risk of getting heart disease and other related conditions.
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:
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.
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.