A sleep study/test is an overnight study of your sleep health. The test can be done at a sleep centre or at your home. But you just cannot go to your doctor and get it done if you suspect a sleep disorder – it is a sleep specialist who is the one who takes a call as to whether you need to have a sleep study.
Here are some reasons to consider inquiring into a sleep study:
Most of us feel that sleep struggles aren’t worth discussing with a doctor. Not true!
If you often struggle to fall asleep or regularly wake up all night to use the bathroom or have frequent nightmares that make going to bed again difficult, you should consider speaking with a sleep specialist for a sleep study. Sleep study is a painless procedure and will help rule out the presence of any sleep disorder.
We all are meant to sleep at night and remain active in the daytime. But if you feel extremely drowsy all day even after taking a full night sleep and this continues for long, it can be a sign of an underlying sleep disorder.
To get clarity on what causing this daytime fatigue and urge to fall sleep all day, a sleep specialist may ask you to take a sleep test, which is otherwise called a polysomnogram.
Being obese ups your chances of sleep apnea. Same is true when you are a diabetic.
If you’re obese or diabetic or both and snore loudly, do get yourself tested for sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that interferes with your breathing when you fall asleep – this interference, which you might not even notice – ends up badly impacting your sleep health, and puts you at risk of developing a host of complications including strokes and hypertension.
If you have an unexplained rise in blood pressure (hypertension), it could be due to obstructive sleep apnea.
You may be tested for sleep apnea during a pre-surgical screening to determine your ability to breathe without disruption during the operation.
If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, your treatment team will encourage you to start the treatment for sleep apnea prior to surgery. And though there are different treatment options available, which your doctor will discuss with you, it is the positive airway pressure (PAP) that is considered the most common and the most effective option.
You will need a second sleep study or have to take some other tests when you were earlier diagnosed with a sleep disease, say Sleep Apnea or Narcolepsy, but the conditions have changed a lot in the past some time – may be you’ve put up a lot more weight or have lost heavily, or your entire lifestyle has changed massively – in this condition, your doctor may ask you to take a new sleep study.
A sleep study is designed to gather data of your behaviour in your sleep. This data is then scored by trained sleep technologist. The final report helps the sleep specialist to figure out the causes behind the poor sleep health of the patient and recommend the best steps to combat for achieving a better health.
If you too feel that you’re failing to get your due share of shut eye for the past many days, seeing a sleep specialist can help. Speak with a sleep specialist now, on +91-9871-16-2211.
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