How Does a Sleep Study Work?

Posted on: February 14, 2019

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Thinking about signing up for a sleep study because you are not getting the quality sleep you need? If you wake up in the morning tired instead of refreshed, then it is likely there is something wrong with your sleeping patterns. The fact that you are missing out on getting the quality sleep you need so you can experience good physical and mental health every single day simply means you need to find a solution to your sleeping problems as soon as possible. According to the Mayo Clinic, a sleep study records your brain waves, the oxygen level in your blood, heart rate and breathing, as well as eye and leg movements.

Why a good night’s sleep is essential

When we sleep, our brain and body work hard to rejuvenate themselves so that we are able to feel refreshed when we wake up the next morning. Our muscle tissues and bones need to be revitalized, our hormones need to be regulated as they are essential for growth and development, our immune system needs to be boosted and our energy needs to be restored. There is a lot going on during the night within our brains and bodies that is essential to being able to properly function.

Potential problems that come with sleeplessness

When we do not get the proper amount of sleep we need every night so our body and brain can rejuvenate, there are a number of potential health-related problems that can happen, which include extreme fatigue, stress, irregular heartbeat, heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes, morning headaches and even an increase in the risk of being involved in an accident. Mental-related problems include depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, poor work performance, difficulty concentrating and a decrease in sexual drive.

How does a sleep study work?

A sleep study works by monitoring one’s brain waves, eye movements, heart rate, breathing patterns, blood oxygen level, body positions, snoring and other noises and the way one moves their limbs, chest and abdominal area. In order to get these results, a sleep study professional will strategically place special sleep sensors on the patient’s body connected to wires to a computer that allows for monitoring. The information received will then be evaluated by the sleep study professional, who will then forward it to the ordering physician for further evaluation.

Ready to schedule your sleep study?

Are you ready to schedule a sleep study so you can understand the reasons behind not sleeping well during the night? It is essential for you to find a solution to your sleeping problems as soon as possible, as this allows you to once again be both physically and mentally healthy. A sleep study does not take long to perform and does not include any discomfort or pain. All you need to do is follow the instructions for preparing for the sleep study before, during and after.

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