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Sleep Studies

What are Sleep Studies?

Sleep studies are performed to evaluate adult patients when they are sleeping. This laboratory test is extremely valuable for diagnosing and treating many sleep disorders, including neurologic disorders, movement disorders and breathing disorders at night. All-night sleep studies (also called polysomnography) are ordered by your physician and are performed in our on-site sleep lab. Sleep studies allow doctors to measure how much and how well you sleep. They also help determine whether you have sleep problems and how severe they may be.

How Can a Sleep Study Help Me?

Sleep studies are important because untreated sleep disorders can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and other medical conditions. Sleep disorders also have been linked to an increased risk of injury due to falls and car accidents.

People usually aren't aware of their breathing and movements while sleeping. They may never think to talk to their doctors about sleep and health-related issues that may be linked to sleep problems.

Our physicians can diagnose and treat sleep disorders. Talk with your doctor if you snore regularly or feel very tired while at work or school most days of the week.

Talk with your doctor if you often have trouble falling or staying asleep, or if you wake up too early and aren't able to go back to sleep. These are common signs of a sleep disorder.

Doctors can diagnose some sleep disorders by asking questions about your sleep schedule and habits and by getting information from sleep partners or parents. To diagnose other sleep disorders, doctors also use the results from sleep studies and other medical tests.

Sleep studies can help doctors diagnose:

  • Sleep-related breathing disorders (such as sleep apnea)
  • Sleep-related seizure disorders
  • Narcolepsy

To learn more about your sleeping habits, take our Epworth Sleep Scale Calculator test.