In-lab Sleep Test
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There are over 80 sleep disorders and not all of them are well served by the simple home sleep test.
Our sleep lab is dedicated to diagnosing patients with sleep-related disorders. A polysomnography, or in-lab sleep test, is more accurate than a home sleep test, particularly in less typical cases of obstructive sleep apnea, where there may be an associated respiratory or cardiac disease.
In-lab sleep tests are also key in diagnosing periodic leg movements, insomnia, narcolepsy and sleepwalking.
At Apnea Health, you will meet a sleep doctor to discuss the best test for your particular situation.
You may begin with a home sleep test, and if the results are inconclusive, the sleep specialist may suggest you take a polysomnography in our comfortable, state-of-the-art sleep lab.
If you require an in-lab sleep test, you have 2 choices:
At Apnea Health we provide you with choice and flexibility. All decisions are made by you and your sleep doctor. Call us for a free sleep assessment at 1-800-727-8748
Arrival at our sleep lab where you will be greeted by a respiratory therapist (aka sleep tech) who is trained in sleep technology.
You will change into sleepwear and the sleep tech will attach sensors to you in order to collect data on your brain activity, sleep stages, eye movements, heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, body movement, and more. These sensors are non-invasive sensors and they are comfortable enough to allow you to sleep as you might at home — that is, you can change positions, roll over, go for a bathroom break etc.
The sleep tech will wake you up and carefully remove all the sensors. There is a shower, coffee, tea and water provided for you in the morning. NOTE: A technologist is ALWAYS available to provide you with assistance. He or she may on occasion enter your room to make some technical adjustments.
The following day, your study will be scored and analyzed by our sleep tech, and the sleep doctor will interpret the study.
You’ll meet the sleep doctor within 3-4 weeks of your test.
What is an in-lab sleep study?
This test makes it possible to identify both sleep apnea and other sleep disorders and to check the adjustment of treatments. This test is distinguished not only by the fact that it takes place in the laboratory, but also by the recording of brain waves (electroencephalogram) to identify the stages of sleep. It can also detect the muscular activities of the legs, making it possible to establish diagnoses of restless legs syndrome or involuntary movements of the limbs.
Are in-lab sleep studies accurate?
Yes they are more accurate than home sleep tests
What can be diagnosed from a sleep study?
In a polysomnography (in lab) test, the following conditions can be detected:
How long does it take to get in-lab sleep study results?
How do I prepare for a lab sleep study?
YOU MUST BRING WITH YOU:
How long do you need to sleep for a sleep study?
A minimum of 4 hours
Do you have to sleep on your back for a sleep study?
It is important to sleep in a comfortable position so that the sleep test is as accurate as possible. Be aware that the supine position (lying on your back) aggravates sleep apnea.
What if you didn’t sleep well during sleep study?
It is possible to retake the test
Can a sleep study detect heart problems?
Yes, because the test records cardiac activity with an ECG and oxygen saturation
What are some types of sleep disorders?