Official diagnosis of sleep apnea often involves a sleep study of one type or another. Sleep studies are conducted either at home or at a sleep lab or sleep center. You may be eligible for a sleep study if you exhibit moderate to severe signs of sleep apnea. These symptoms range from loud snoring to extreme daytime sleepiness. Home sleep studies are certainly convenient, but our experts may find you are ineligible for a home study. If you are over the age of 65, have prior medical conditions or sleep disorders, our expert may recommend a sleep apnea lab study as an alternative.
A sleep apnea lab study is called a polysomnogram. Before participating, it is important that you do not drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages or take sleeping pills. A polysomnogram will test your sleep cycles. It records your brain waves, eye movements, your muscular activity, breathing and heart rates, and blood oxygen levels. During the entire process, a scientist will observe and record your sleeping activities. These include any movements you make and how long it takes you to fall asleep. Along with direct observation, you are also videotaped during your sleep apnea lab study.
If you undergo a sleep apnea lab study, you should have access to your results in about a week. If you exhibit symptoms of sleep apnea and wish to participate in a sleep apnea lab study, our experts can provide more information and determine your eligibility for the study.