For those who suffer from the ill effects of sleep disorders, many diagnostic tests are available that may lead to a better understanding of what the problem may be. These may include the following:
So your doctor recommends you undergo overnight sleep study testing to assess for a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, but what should you expect? Polysomnograms are typically done in specialized sleep testing centers. Though you may have some anxiety about the experience, take a few moments, read on and lay those fears to rest. Discover the purpose of sleep testing, how to prepare before the visit, what to expect when you arrive, and how soon you will receive the interpretation of the results.
If you have symptoms of a sleep problem and need a diagnosis or have already been diagnosed and need treatment, how should you choose a sleep doctor? Discover what a sleep specialist is, what training and board certification credentials are required, and how to select the right sleep doctor with the resources needed to help you. Discover more in this Verywell article by Dr. Peters.
These days home sleep testing is increasingly used to diagnose sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea. Why might you be told to have a home sleep study? What are the benefits and drawbacks of having a home sleep test compared to an in-center polysomnogram? Learn about the use of home sleep studies, what to expect with your study, and what the next steps in your diagnosis and treatment might be.