Can’t Sleep It Off? Try a Sleep Study

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Yawning Midday Over CoffeeSometimes we’re tired without knowing why — it could be stress, diet, or another reason altogether. Many Americans go through their lives struggling with sleep. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) actually considers sleep problems a significant “public health problem” and some communities are beginning to take notice. This epidemic isn’t spread from person-to-person, but its effects are definitely taking a toll. It now impacts between 50 and 70 million American adults.

Yes, it’s that bad. With those numbers, it’s likely you know a lot of others who have trouble falling asleep and don’t know what to do.

Sleep studies may help you find the true culprit behind poor-quality sleep. This non-invasive test, also called a polysomnography, gives your doctor or sleep specialist a better picture of how well you’re resting. Doctors can diagnose sleep apnea, insomnia, and other conditions. It’s a remarkable process and it can reveal a lot about your health.

Dozing Off for Better Health

During the test, you’ll try to sleep. Doctors will have you rest in a dark, comfortable room specially designed for this purpose. You’ll have sensors and electrodes placed on you to track your vitals and monitor how well you’re resting through the night.

How does this work? Read on for answers:

  • “Will I be able to sleep under observation like that?”— Since you’re in an unfamiliar place trying to fall asleep, it may be tougher for you, but your doctor will still obtain useful data even if you only get two or three hours of shut-eye in the process.
  • “Why is it necessary?”— This test lets your doctor get information about how you sleep, which is tough to do without specialized equipment and outside of a specialized polysomnography setting.
  • “Can I bring my stuff with me?”— You can wear your own pajamas, bring your personal items, and anything else you need for comfort.
  • “What if I need help or something happens?”— Help is close-by. If you need something, you’re in a safe place and can access medical help, assistance finding the restroom, etc.

Still wondering? Glacial Ridge’s sleep specialist, Dr. Janning, board certified in ENT and Sleep Medicine, along with your doctor, and other team members can help answer your questions so you can rest comfortably again.

End Those Restless Nights

Restless Legs SyndromeThese sleep studies have so many uses, so doctors rely on them to help diagnose all kinds of different health issues that may be keeping you awake when you shouldn’t be. In fact, polysomnography can find a variety of different diagnoses, such as:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Narcolepsy
  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

Occasionally, it’s another nighttime behavior that’s interfering with adequate rest. Our sleep studies may identify those, too:

  • Sleepwalking
  • REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

You may be surprised by what’s really preventing you from sleeping. Once your doctor knows, though, they may find a great treatment to help you regain healthy rest and feel better during the day. It’s worthwhile to try. Your health may begin to improve as your body benefits from improved rest and recovery since sleep impacts so many different systems in the human body. Quality sleep is important!

Preparing for Your Study

If you think polysomnography may be right for you, ask your provider about Glacial Ridge Health System’s sleep study program. Our experienced team of sleep specialists can help you get started. They’ll also answer your questions, show you how to make the study more comfortable for you, and help you throughout the process.

Comments

  1. Catherine Leppa says:

    What is cost of test? Covered by insurance?

    • Glacial Ridge Health System says:

      Catherine, we will contact you today or Monday regarding insurance coverage and cost. Thanks for the question.

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