How Does A Sleep Study Work?

A sleep study is a non-invasive, overnight exam that allows doctors to monitor you while you sleep to see what’s happening in your brain and body.

What is a Sleep Study?

A sleep study may involve the following: Polysomnogram (PSG) – a diagnostic test which monitors brain activity, breathing and leg movements which helps to evaluate sleep apnea (obstruction of air flow) or a condition known as periodic leg movements of sleep. Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) – a daytime sleep study which evaluates how fast a person falls asleep.

Should You Get a Sleep Study?

The National Commission on Sleep Disorders estimates that millions of Americans are needlessly suffering from undiagnosed or misdiagnosed sleep disorders. Left untreated, sleep disorders can lead to increased health risks and an overall lower quality of life.

To determine whether you might benefit from a sleep evaluation, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you regularly have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep?
  • Do you have a problem with snoring? Has anyone ever told you that you have pauses in breathing or that you gasp for breath when you sleep?
  • Are your legs “active” at night? Do you experience tingling, creeping, itching, pulling, aching or other strange feelings in your legs while sitting or lying down that cause a strong urge to move, walk or kick your legs for relief?
  • Are you so tired when you wake up in the morning that you cannot function normally during the day?
  • Does sleepiness and fatigue persist for more than two to three weeks?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a complete sleep evaluation should be considered.

What to Expect?

The first step will be an initial visit with our sleep specialist who will review your medical and sleep history. You will then schedule an appointment for an overnight visit. To help determine if a sleep disorder exists, your physician will need to know what physiologic changes occur during your typical night of sleep. We do this by recording your brainwave pattern (known as the EEG) as well as your eye movements and degree of muscle tone. Using an EKG monitor, we will measure your heart rate and check for irregular heart beats during the night. Other measurements will include oxygen saturation, snoring, leg movements or jerking and respiratory effort. An intercom in the room will allow communication with the technician should you have any questions or require assistance. Studies will usually begin between 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm and will conclude at about 6 am. You will then follow up with your physician who will make recommendations for treatment of the disorder.

How to Prepare?

In order to feel more comfortable with your stay, feel free to bring your toiletries and usual sleepwear and if you prefer, your own pillow. (It is helpful to avoid using hair products or skin lotions on the night of the study). It is recommended that you eat a meal prior to your study and continue to take medications as prescribed (unless your physician specifies otherwise). It is also preferred that you not consume foods or beverages containing caffeine after 5pm.

Finally…

The Sleep Disorders Center at Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic is a comprehensive clinic supervised by a physician board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and is a Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Using the latest technology for diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in a comfortable and home-like atmosphere, our team of sleep professionals is dedicated to providing the highest quality of sleep for our patients. Contact us if you have any questions or to schedule and appointment.

(Some information provided by the National Sleep Foundation).

What to Expect: Sleep Study

adc-sleep-study

The National Commission on Sleep Disorders estimate that millions of Americans are needlessly suffering from undiagnosed or misdiagnosed sleep disorders. Left untreated, sleep disorders can lead to increased health risks and an overall lower quality of life. There are numerous sleep disorders from which people suffer. Some symptoms of a sleep disorder can include:

  • Insomnia
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Constant leg movement
  • Gasping episodes at night
  • Overweight/obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Loud snoring
  • Dry mouth, sore throat
  • Forgetfulness
  • Loss of energy

The Sleep Disorders Center at Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic is a comprehensive clinic supervised by a physician board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and is a Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine.

What is a Sleep Study?

A sleep study may involve the following: Polysomnogram (PSG) – a diagnostic test which monitors brain activity, breathing and leg movements which helps to evaluate sleep apnea (obstruction of air flow) or a condition known as periodic leg movements of sleep. Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) – a daytime sleep study which evaluates how fast a person falls asleep.

What to Expect?

The first step will be an initial visit with our sleep specialist who will review your medical and sleep history. You will then schedule an appointment for an overnight visit. To help determine if a sleep disorder exists, your physician will need to know what physiologic changes occur during your typical night of sleep. We do this by recording your brainwave pattern (known as the EEG) as well as your eye movements and degree of muscle tone. Using an EKG monitor, we will measure your heart rate and check for irregular heart beats during the night. Other measurements will include oxygen saturation, snoring, leg movements or jerking and respiratory effort. An intercom in the room will allow communication with the technician should you have any questions or require assistance. Studies will usually begin between 8:00pm and 9:30 pm and will conclude at about 6am. You will then follow up with your physician who will make recommendations for treatment of the disorder.

How to Prepare?

In order to feel more comfortable with your stay, feel free to bring your toiletries and usual sleepwear and if you prefer, your own pillow. (It is helpful to avoid using hair products or skin lotions on the night of the study). It is recommended that you eat a meal prior to your study and continue to take medications as prescribed (unless your physician specifies otherwise). It is also preferred that you not consume foods or beverages containing caffeine after 5pm.

Using the latest technology for diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in a comfortable and home-like atmosphere, our team of sleep professionals is dedicated to providing the highest quality of sleep for our patients. Contact us if you have any questions or to schedule and appointment.

Drowsy Driving Is A Much Bigger Problem Than You Might Think

It is not easy to pinpoint drowsy driving as a cause for an accident because there is no physical test to determine sleepiness

How Widespread Is Drowsy Driving?

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cites drowsiness as a causing factor in 100,000 police-reported crashes annually, involving 76,000 injuries and 1,500 deaths. This represents 1%-3% of all police-reported crashes and 4% of fatalities.

Public surveys, however, suggest an even higher rate of drowsy driving. In one survey, 55% of those answering said they had driven while drowsy in the past year. Over a lifetime, 23% said they had fallen asleep driving but had not crashed, 3% had fallen asleep and crashed, and 2% had crashed when driving while drowsy.

It is not easy to pinpoint drowsy driving as a cause for an accident because there is no physical test to determine sleepiness (like the Breathalyzer for detecting alcohol levels). Traffic officials are often not trained to look for sleep-related causes and, therefore, may attribute a sleep-related accident to speeding or intoxication. May states do not have a “fall asleep crash” code on their crash report forms, nor do they have a central database to track such causes.

There are usually no witnesses to a driver’s drowsiness prior to a crash, and drivers themselves don’t always realize they are drowsy before they doze off. In fact, drowsy drivers are often more alert after an accident or other sleep-related mistake, which can be misleading since you can’t tell how sleepy they were before the incident. When drowsiness is combined with alcohol, often the alcohol is listed as the only cause of an accident. After an accident, many drivers are also reluctant to tell police they were drowsy. With all of these factors working against awareness of drowsiness as a cause of car accidents, it is no wonder that official statistics are too low. Of the statistics that do exist., however, all show that drowsy driving accidents are increasing every year.

Drowsy drivers need to know more about good sleep habits in order to stop driving while they are sleepy. Sleep debt also needs to be recognized as a serious problem . It is currently overlooked because it is so common.

The ADC Sleep Disorders Center can help diagnose and treat drowsy sleeping. Many drivers who are required to maintain a CDL license are required to do sleep studies. Learn more about sleep studies at ADC by visiting http://www.adcsleepdisorders.com

Your Sleep Study Experience

This week we have put you in the eyes of a patient taking a sleep study to show you what the experience is like.

Welcome to the ADC Sleep Center.

You have been scheduled for a sleep study. You will be scheduled to begin between 8-9:30PM.

Feel free to bring your normal toiletries and sleep wear. You may also bring your own pillow. Your sleep experience will start with paperwork which allows you to tell us how you’ve spent your day.

To determine if a sleep disorder exists, your physician will need to know what body function changes occur during your night of sleep. They do this by attaching several monitoring sensors to your body.This process takes approx. 30 minutes and allows you time to ask any questions that you may have.

  • Our first goal will be to determine when you go to sleep and what stages of sleep you reach. We do this by recording your brainwave patterns as well as your eye movements.
  • We monitor your heart rate to see if you have any irregular heart beats during your sleep.
  • A sensor on your finger will monitor if your body is receiving the amount of oxygen it needs.
  • One of the most common reasons a sleep study happens is because of snoring. To measure, we will apply a small microphone to your neck.
  • Often people will have leg movements at night, which can disrupt your sleep. We will put sensors on your shins to measure this.
  • We’ll monitor your air flow to see if you stop breathing during the night. If the technician notices abnormal breathing patterns, they may awaken you early in the study to apply a breathing mask for the night which will ensure normal breathing patterns.

An intercom in the room will allow for communication in case you have any questions or need to go to the bathroom during the night. Technicians will be available throughout your study but will not disturb you unless absolutely necessary.

Your study will conclude at around 6am the next morning. Congratulations, you have completed your sleep study, and we will schedule a meeting to review your results.

What next?

Check out the video below to see what you will learn from your sleep study.

Call us at 806.356.5522 or check out or website to learn more about our Sleep Center.