We know that routine healthcare isn’t always convenient.
Polysomnography (PSG), also referred to as an overnight sleep study, is a test used to diagnose sleep disorders. The sleep study technician will place sticky gel patches, with sensors called electrodes, on your scalp, face, chest, limbs, and a pulse oximetry sensor on your finger. While you sleep, these sensors record your brain and sleep activity, eye movements, heart rate and rhythm, leg movements and the amount of oxygen in your blood. Two stretchable belts are placed around your chest and belly to measure chest movements and the strength and duration of inhaled and exhaled breaths. Wires are attached to the sensors that transmit the data to a computer in the Sleep Tech Monitoring Area. The wires are very thin and flexible; they are bundled together so they don’t restrict movement, disrupt your sleep, or cause other discomfort. You are able to disconnect from these wires if you need to visit the restroom.
If you have signs of sleep apnea, you may have a split-night sleep study, which means the technician will record your sleep patterns for the first half of the night. At the start of the second half of the night, the technician wakes you to fit a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask over your nose and/or mouth. A small machine gently blows air through a tube that is connected to the mask; this creates mild pressure that keeps your airway open while you sleep. The technician will monitor your sleep with the CPAP machine. The technician adjusts the flow of air through the mask via the computer system to find the setting that’s right for you.
At the end of the sleep study, the technician removes the sensors unless you are having a daytime sleep study, such as a Multiple Sleep Latency Test. Parents are required to spend the night with their minors during their sleep study. At Eagles Landing Family Practice, we have a very nice family room to accommodate parents who are assisting their children, and we can offer you the opportunity to sleep in the same room as the minor.
Why get a polysomnograph at ELH?
Your Comfort Comes First
Each of these tests is painless and completed within a sleep center room, which may look like a hotel room. Our technicians are focused on your comfort and can adjust the temperature of our rooms to your liking.
We Also Offer…
…a Home Sleep Study for qualifying individuals. This test utilizes portable equipment that can be picked up at our facilities.
Once test results are complete, our providers will meet with you to review the results and discuss options that will help you get a better night’s rest.
Equipment That Assists
Should your test results reveal the need for durable medical equipment (DME) or positive airway pressure (PAP) devices and supplies, our Sleep Center offers several options for you depending on severity.
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The staff here are so helpful and make sure you understand everything they are doing when doing a sleep study. Once they issue equipment, they show you how to use everything and are so patient. I recommend them for anyone who is needing a sleep study done.
– Ashlee L. | Sleep Center Patient