Do you snore? Do you wake up feeling exhausted like you haven’t slept at all? Is it difficult for you to stay awake during the day and focus on your work? These are some of the more common symptoms of sleep disorders. There are many different factors that can cause sleep disturbances, which affect as many as 60 million people. The cause can often be difficult to diagnose, especially if you sleep alone. If you have consistent problems sleeping, you may be someone who would benefit from a sleep study.
Sleep studies are usually performed in a sleep study center or lab, but this lab is not a typical cold, sterile medical lab. Most sleep study labs are set up with all the comforts of home, more like a hotel. Luxury bedding and quiet surroundings are an important part of the study. And the best part, you don’t have to do any studying for this test! Just lay down, get comfortable and sleep.
When you arrive at the sleep center, information will be taken about what foods you have eaten and what medications you have taken. It is best to avoid caffeine and alcohol the day of the test. Before you get all snug in your bed, the technician will attach electrodes to your head, chests, arms and legs. These are used to monitor your breathing rate, heart rate, and how many times you wake up. Most importantly, they will acquire information on how deep your sleep is and what is disturbing your sleep. Most sleep studies are an overnight study called a polysomnogram. While you are snoozing away, a technician will be watching your every move and most likely record your sleep with a low light camera.
There are five stages of sleep ranging from drowsiness to REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, with REM being the deep sleep we need for our bodies to rejuvenate and regenerate properly. When we sleep, we cycle through these five stages several times. However, there are many things that can disturb or disrupt our sleep cycle such as airway obstructions like sleep apnea, or breathing problems like asthma. It is important that your sleep study is performed in an accredited facility and analyzed by board-certified doctors and technicians.
The doctors here at Staten Island Pulmonary Associates, P.C. are board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care and sleep medicine. They are compassionate and dedicated to helping you understand your sleep study results. As a team, our providers are able to spend as much time as needed to develop a plan of care in an unhurried and uncompromising way.