Sleep Studies

A First Step Toward a Better Night's Sleep

Patients referred for comprehensive sleep consults will have at least one consultation, in the sleep clinic with our sleep specialist. Each consult will include a medical and surgical history. Some patients may also have pulmonary function testing (PFT) and blood work ordered. After consultation with the sleep specialist, each patient is diagnosed. In some cases one visit is sufficient for a diagnosis to be made and a treatment plan formulated. In most cases the treatment plan will involve a diagnostic sleep study.

Types of sleep studies we offer at UH include:

  • Diagnostic polysomnography
  • Positive airway pressure (PAP) titration study
  • Split night study
  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT)
  • Home sleep testing (HST)

What Happens During an In-Lab Sleep Study?

If required, an in-lab sleep study may be performed during a period of one or two nights. Rarely daytime studies will be required and may be suggested by the sleep specialist. Hospitalization is not required, and most overnight tests are completed by 6 a.m.

During a sleep study, the patient is monitored by painless, noninvasive technology. Sleep labs diagnose sleep disorders by closely monitoring the physiological signs exhibited during the different stages of sleep. These measurements include:

  • Airflow monitoring
  • Brain wave activity
  • Heart rhythm
  • Pulse oximetry to check oxygen status
  • Muscle tone/activity

Sleep Disorder Treatments

After evaluation, the appropriate therapy is determined. Treatment for a sleep disorder may include:

  • Use of a device to aid the patient's breathing while sleeping – such as continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP), bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) or other PAP devices
  • Dental appliance to help patient's breathing during sleep
  • Inspire therapy
  • Light therapy
  • Neuropsychiatric interventions

If indicated, referral to or consultations with other specialists might be recommended to aid in diagnosis and therapy.

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