What Can be Learned From Having a Sleep Study

Sleep Study

A sleepless night before a big presentation or date is perfectly normal, and most everyone experiences this type of sleep loss throughout their life. But sleep problems that plague you for months, or even years, is anything but normal and can have some very serious consequences.

To get to the bottom of your frustrating inability to get the sleep you need, the Arizona Institute of Neurology & Polysomnography offers comprehensive sleep studies. This in-depth analysis of sleep allows Habib Khan, MD, and our team to help patients in and around Casa Grande, Arizona, uncover the underlying disorder that’s preventing them from a good night’s rest.

Here’s a look at what we can unearth during a sleep study.

The many faces of sleep issues

Before we get into the wealth of information our sleep studies provide, let’s take a quick look at the most common sleep disorders. To start, a whopping 50-70 million adults suffer from a sleep disorder, which includes:

Many other conditions can cause sleep disturbances, which can be a byproduct of pre-existing mental or physical problems rather than a stand-alone issue.

The bottom line is that it’s important to uncover the reasons behind your inability to sleep well, because any deprivation of sleep can lead to cardiovascular issues, cognitive problems, and more.

Taking a closer look

One of the primary reasons why a sleep study is so important is because it’s very hard for you to describe what’s happening. After all, you’re asleep. Sure, your bedmate may complain of loud snoring, but that’s too little information to go on. With a sleep study, we can dig deeper by monitoring your sleep, recording vital information as we go.

A sleep study, or polysomnography, is an overnight process where your only job is to try and sleep — the rest is up to us. When you first come in, we’ll hook you up to various pieces of equipment that will record your:

Please note that a sleep study is completely painless as we only use stick-on electrodes to gather this vital information. As well, a video camera will record your sleep, and a member of our team is available at all times and will check in on you regularly.

When you awaken the next morning, you’re free to go home, leaving Dr. Khan to review the information.

A sleep prognosis

By studying your body’s functions while you sleep, we’re better able to figure out what’s causing your sleep disorder. If, for example, we see that you regularly stop breathing throughout the night, it’s likely you have sleep apnea, and we can get you started on a treatment plan right away.

If we suspect that depression or anxiety is causing you to lose sleep, we can recommend a treatment plan that addresses the underlying problem.

Preparing for your sleep study

There isn’t much you need to do to prepare for a sleep study other than bring your favorite pajamas and pillow, and anything else that you normally use to sleep (books, etc.). We do ask that you refrain from caffeine after noon on the day of your sleep study, and you should discuss with us any medications you’re taking.

Because we want to study your sleep under natural conditions, you shouldn’t take any medications that may make you drowsy.

Rest assured, we give you full instructions before your sleep study so you know how best to prepare.

If you’re struggling to get the sleep you need, give us a call about a sleep study. Or you can use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.

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