One of the methods for diagnosing sleep disorders is night sleep studies. If you are scheduled for a night sleep study at our center, your referring doctor will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for this evaluation. It is important not to take any sleeping pills, alcohol or caffeinated beverages before the study.
Sleep research, also known as polysomnography, is a combination of programs that test the cycles and stages of a patient's sleep. It includes the use of electroencephalogram to continuously record brain waves, the use of EOG for eye movements, muscle electrical activity, blood oxygen saturation, respiratory rate and heart rhythm, and direct observation of sleepers.
On the night of your sleep study, you will arrive at the sleep testing laboratory and provide you with a comfortable private room. Electrodes will be placed on your scalp, outer edge of the eyelids, and chin. The instrument records your movements, the time it takes to fall asleep, and other factors. You will also be videotaped while you are sleeping.