A sleep study is a diagnostic test used to diagnose various sleep disorders including narcolepsy, restless legs, and sleep apnea. Electrodes are used to monitor your breathing, heart rate, leg movements, the electrical activity in your brain, and the oxygen level in your blood. These electrodes are attached with adhesive gels and tape. There are no needles involved, so a sleep study is a painless procedure. After the electrodes are attached, you will be able to relax in a comfortable queen size bed and read or watch some television until you are ready to fall asleep. While you sleep, technicians in an adjacent room will monitor your sleep patterns, body movement, and other sleep indicators using sophisticated computers.

For patients who demonstrate signs of sleep apnea, a CPAP Titration will need to be performed. A CPAP Titration is very much like a sleep study but is used for determining treatment rather than making a diagnosis. This procedure may be scheduled for a different night, but most often will be performed as a “split-night study” where a portion of the night is for diagnosis and the remainder of the night is for the CPAP Titration. A special mask will be placed over your nose and will provide you with pressurized air. Your breathing will be monitored while you wear this mask and the amount of air pressure the mask provides will be gradually adjusted until your breathing is normal.

All of this information is recorded and then reviewed by a physician. The physician interprets the results of the study and makes recommendations for any treatment that you may need. These results will be forwarded to the physician who ordered the study for you.