Advantage Sleep Centers
Advantage is different than other sleep centers. We don’t just perform the test and leave you and your physician to figure out what happens next. Advantage provides comprehensive management of ALL of our patients throughout treatment.
What to expect when coming in for a sleep study
It’s a test that measures how well you sleep and determines whether you have any sleep problems, as well as how severe any sleep problems are. Since people aren’t typically aware of their breathing, movements, and other habits while they snooze, a sleep study will help a doctor examine them while you’re in dreamland. Electrodes on wires are attached with paste to your head and body—the process is completely painless—to monitor your brain waves, rapid eye movements, oxygen levels, breathing patterns, respiratory efforts, snoring, muscle tone and leg movements, heart rate, and more.
The rooms aren’t as clinical looking as you’d expect, since people need to be able to relax there. Think more along the lines of a hotel room instead of a medical facility. There are also video cameras in the room to record everything; primarily concerned with sleep-related movement disorders. To make it comfortable, you can wear your regular pajamas and the temperature is adjusted to your liking. To help you snooze, the room is dark and you can even bring a few personal possessions, like a fan or book to read until you fall asleep.
The attending tech makes the wires—and everything else—as comfortable as possible to ensure that you will be able to relax and fall asleep, which is necessary for the test. Eventually, almost everyone falls asleep, though it sometimes takes a little more time than usual.
However if you are still unable to fall asleep long enough to get data, there are home sleep-study kits we can then set you up with. The home kits are just as accurate, you just are not monitored visually as you would be for the in-lab study.
Times can vary according to your personal preference, but usually patients arrive between 8:45pm and 9:45pm and leave between 5:45am and 6:30am, for a total of about nine hours, since most labs prefer to get at least seven hours of sleep study time.
Just one test typically produces around 1,000 pages of data! A trained professional will analyze all the information. Then a sleep specialist will review your evaluation with you to determine whether you have any sleep problems and, if so, what treatment options may be best. Once you begin treatment, we follow up with you to ensure you are getting the sleep you need with a treatment that fits you.
A sleep test can help determine whether you snore, and if so, how frequently and severely. It can also help a doctor diagnose sleep apnea. A sleep study can monitor your movements to detect any sleep-related seizure disorders or sleep-related movement disorders, such as periodic limb movement disorder. On a more basic level, it can analyze your sleep patterns and help you learn—in more detail—about the quantity and quality of the sleep you are getting. Click here for more on the sleep disorders we diagnose.